Best way to send LoRs?

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The Gentleman
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Best way to send LoRs?

Postby The Gentleman » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:50 pm

Sorry if this has already been answered, but can I ask my recommenders to fax AND snail-mail their letters to LSAC? I know the turnaround time for faxed LoRs is considerably shorter than it is for mailed LoRs, but I have also heard that the faxed letters/cover sheets might not come through legibly enough. Has anyone ever asked recommenders to submit both ways? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby The Gentleman » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:08 pm

Bump... Anyone?

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby kalvano » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:12 pm

I had all mine faxed, never had a problem.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby CGI Fridays » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:13 pm

Legibility is not a black or white proposition, in my opinion. Might be legible, but not nearly as crisp as snail mail. I would much prefer to read something that was NOT faxed. Whether or not this matters in acceptance? Prolly not, but at the very least I figure it can't hurt for your app to be clear.
(I realize there is a trade-off with getting them in earlier. I'm just talking "all things being equal" 'cause I'm waiting for my Oct. score anyway. If you want a solid answer I'd look for someone who's worked in admissions)

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby The Gentleman » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:15 pm

kalvano wrote:I had all mine faxed, never had a problem.


did you have recommenders mail them too? or fax only?

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby kalvano » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:19 pm

The Gentleman wrote:
kalvano wrote:I had all mine faxed, never had a problem.


did you have recommenders mail them too? or fax only?



Just fax. I think one mailed because he didn't want to go try and find a fax machine, and sent a long rant about people who still use faxes to me.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby The Gentleman » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:23 pm

kalvano wrote:
Just fax. I think one mailed because he didn't want to go try and find a fax machine, and sent a long rant about people who still use faxes to me.


haha. Thnx for the input all.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby Sentry » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:53 pm

Fax. There have been too many people that have had to wait 4+ weeks after mailing. Faxing is a lot less stressful.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby CGI Fridays » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:54 pm

Sentry wrote:Fax. There have been too many people that have had to wait 4+ weeks after mailing. Faxing is a lot less stressful.

4+ weeks? Are you serious?

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby Sentry » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:04 pm

CGI Fridays wrote:
Sentry wrote:Fax. There have been too many people that have had to wait 4+ weeks after mailing. Faxing is a lot less stressful.

4+ weeks? Are you serious?

I waited 4.5 weeks after one of mine was mailed and it never showed. I had her fax it and it was processed 2 days later.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby CGI Fridays » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:04 pm

Sentry wrote:
CGI Fridays wrote:
Sentry wrote:Fax. There have been too many people that have had to wait 4+ weeks after mailing. Faxing is a lot less stressful.

4+ weeks? Are you serious?

I waited 4.5 weeks after one of mine was mailed and it never showed. I had her fax it and it was processed 2 days later.

How many others have had this experience though?
Are you west coast?

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby Sentry » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:06 pm

CGI Fridays wrote:
Sentry wrote:
CGI Fridays wrote:
Sentry wrote:Fax. There have been too many people that have had to wait 4+ weeks after mailing. Faxing is a lot less stressful.

4+ weeks? Are you serious?

I waited 4.5 weeks after one of mine was mailed and it never showed. I had her fax it and it was processed 2 days later.

How many others have had this experience though?
Are you west coast?

I know there are at least a couple of people on here who sent in letters last cycle that never processed. Nope middle of the country.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby CGI Fridays » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:08 pm

Wow. Thanks!
I guess I'll ask them to mail but save a copy just in case, then fax by the 26th if it doesn't process.

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Re: Best way to send LoRs?

Postby im_blue » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:08 pm

If you need the LOR posted within a month, I would fax it. Otherwise, you can mail it in and then fax it later if there's a problem.




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