How many letters Of recommendation?

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quidprobono
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How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby quidprobono » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:13 pm

I potentially have five or six very strong letters. I think they're strong assets, especially since my application draws on significant work experience. However, I've heard that more than four can be seen as excessive. Thoughts?

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bport hopeful
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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby bport hopeful » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:33 pm

I definitely dont think Id send more than four. Id likely send three if they were extremely solid. If the schools asks for three, maybe a fourth.

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mrtoren
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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby mrtoren » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:40 pm

Five or six LOR's? WOW! That's a little overkill. A lot of schools want no more than 2-3. This website may be a little dated, but its a good guide to what each school is looking for - --LinkRemoved-- . Just check it against their current website to be sure its still accurate.

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HYSnNothingLess
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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby HYSnNothingLess » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:42 pm

I'm going with 2.
3 at the most.
Most of my professors hate me. :x

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Samara
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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby Samara » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:48 pm

You could maybe use the extra ones with a LOCI to get off a waitlist?

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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby shoeshine » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:49 pm

2 or maybe three.

Cut out all the ones that aren't academic.

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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby Real Madrid » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:19 pm

HYSnNothingLess wrote:Most of my professors hate me. :x


I can't imagine why.

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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby bp shinners » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:49 pm

Samara wrote:You could maybe use the extra ones with a LOCI to get off a waitlist?


+1

Don't submit 5-6 LoRs, as that's overkill. Pick 3 strong ones if the school lets you send in that many. Then, if you need to send in additional materials later, you've got something already prepped.

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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby AffordablePrep » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:39 pm

i say 42. lsac only allows up to 4 normally so make sure to ship the rest day by day during the admissions cycle.

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Xifeng
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Re: How many letters Of recommendation?

Postby Xifeng » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:41 pm

bp shinners wrote:
Samara wrote:You could maybe use the extra ones with a LOCI to get off a waitlist?


+1

Don't submit 5-6 LoRs, as that's overkill. Pick 3 strong ones if the school lets you send in that many. Then, if you need to send in additional materials later, you've got something already prepped.


I agree. Four is even overkill IMO. I submitted three and it was definitely fine. Keep your other ones for updating your application or getting off of a WL later on. They will hate you if you send in 6.

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