Targeted Rec

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Targeted Rec

Postby bluedvl » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:07 pm

What does it mean to have a targeted recommendation from a teacher? Does the teacher specifically mention school x in the recommendation? If so does that mean you get multiple recs from each teacher or more teachers than you would have otherwise? And how helpful is this?

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Re: Targeted Rec

Postby bp shinners » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:52 pm

A targeted rec is one that is designed to play up specific strengths that a certain school is looking for (not that great), or is from a professor with a connection to the school (again, not that great - if they had pull, they'd call up the dean of admissions).

If it's targeted, they will mention the school of interest in the letter. You can have them write multiple letters, but professors aren't always happy to do this. If you get one who is, by all means go for it. However, it's not really going to be much of a boost. Again, if they had enough pull to get you in, they'd pick up the phone and call someone.

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