stanford targeted letter or early application?

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stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby bluedevil88 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:58 am

Hey everyone,

I have a minor dilemma. Should I send in targeted LORs for Stanford (which will probably take 3 weeks from now to process) and thus send in my application not as early, or just send in my two general LORs which are already in and thus send in my application now? Thanks for your help in advance.

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:01 pm

bluedevil88 wrote:Hey everyone,

I have a minor dilemma. Should I send in targeted LORs for Stanford (which will probably take 3 weeks from now to process) and thus send in my application not as early, or just send in my two general LORs which are already in and thus send in my application now? Thanks for your help in advance.



Get one LOR targeted for Stanford (best one.. also needs to be fastest one) and ask your recommender to get it in this week.
They do make decisions late though. I turned in my app last week even though I got my last Stanford targetted rec yesterday and I may even retake in December, and I'm not too worried about it.
They mostly send out acceptances in Jan.

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby ahduth » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:12 pm

Extremely dumb question. What makes a rec "Stanford-targeted." My best rec for all schools is from a professor who happens to have taught there for a decade, a couple decades ago, but what on earth is he going to say other than Stanford is neato-skeato? Is that all that gets added?

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby bluedevil88 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:15 pm

ahduth: For Stanford a targeted letter involves an additional evaluative form on their website (separate from LSAC forms).

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby 4for44 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:19 pm

bluedevil88 wrote:ahduth: For Stanford a targeted letter involves an additional evaluative form on their website (separate from LSAC forms).


This

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby ahduth » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:25 pm

Ah, smooth. I should probably get on that huh.

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby ahduth » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:33 pm

So I send this form to him, have him slap it in there between the LSAC form and the actual letter, and send it out. I was worried this was some annoying Northwestern-style thing.

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby im_blue » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:08 pm

ahduth wrote:Extremely dumb question. What makes a rec "Stanford-targeted." My best rec for all schools is from a professor who happens to have taught there for a decade, a couple decades ago, but what on earth is he going to say other than Stanford is neato-skeato? Is that all that gets added?

Dean Deal says that targeted letters are effective when the professor can say something about you that indicates a good fit for Stanford, e.g. you compare favorably to students that he knows who went on to top law schools like Stanford.

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:10 pm

im_blue wrote:
ahduth wrote:Extremely dumb question. What makes a rec "Stanford-targeted." My best rec for all schools is from a professor who happens to have taught there for a decade, a couple decades ago, but what on earth is he going to say other than Stanford is neato-skeato? Is that all that gets added?

Dean Deal says that targeted letters are effective when the professor can say something about you that indicates a good fit for Stanford, e.g. you compare favorably to students that he knows who went on to top law schools like Stanford.



TITCR

that + the additional form

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:11 pm

Speaking of the additional form. Anyone know what is good enough of a rec.
there is excellent (top 10%) outstanding (top 5%) and one of the best in my career

Should we only be submitting outstanding or one of the best in my careers or is excellent okay? (for advantage purposes of course. I know it wouldn't hurt me)

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Re: stanford targeted letter or early application?

Postby im_blue » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:15 pm

s0ph1e2007 wrote:Speaking of the additional form. Anyone know what is good enough of a rec.
there is excellent (top 10%) outstanding (top 5%) and one of the best in my career

Should we only be submitting outstanding or one of the best in my careers or is excellent okay? (for advantage purposes of course. I know it wouldn't hurt me)

Since you're from HYPS UG I'd say outstanding would look fine, but someone from a lower UG would probably want "best in my career" LORs.




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