LORs from Professors--How Essential?

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Obi-Wan Kenobi
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LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby Obi-Wan Kenobi » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:59 pm

I understand that it may be preferable for applicants still in undergrad to get both LORs from professors. I guess I'm wondering how essential this is?

Would getting one from a professor and one from an employer even though I'm still in UG hurt my application? How much? Thanks.

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twert
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Re: LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby twert » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:59 pm

thats fine. just make sure you have at least one from a prof.

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twert
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Re: LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby twert » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:59 pm

thats fine. just make sure you have at least one from a prof.

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Re: LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby jks289 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:00 pm

Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:I understand that it may be preferable for applicants still in undergrad to get both LORs from professors. I guess I'm wondering how essential this is?

Would getting one from a professor and one from an employer even though I'm still in UG hurt my application? How much? Thanks.


You need at least one from a professor. This really depends on how far out of undergrad you are, since you are still in UG I think you need two profs, and maybe an employer for schools that allow three.

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Re: LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby AsylumPB » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:02 pm

If you are still in UG the LORs from professors will hold more weight. LORs from employers are generally for those that have been out of UG for a few years.

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Re: LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby im_blue » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:05 pm

Some schools like Cornell require both LORs from professors unless you've been out of school for a few years. I don't think it would look good if you're still a college student and couldn't find more than 1 prof to say something positive.

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Re: LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby flyingpanda » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:34 pm

As an anecdote, I know somebody who is only a year out of undergrad and applied with 0 professor recommendations and his/her cycle went fine.

*cough*

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Re: LORs from Professors--How Essential?

Postby NayBoer » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:49 pm

I had only employer LORs. Several years out of UG.




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