How long is your LOR? Does a short letter hurt?

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KarenJBY
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How long is your LOR? Does a short letter hurt?

Postby KarenJBY » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:24 pm

Hi guys, as I'm on waitlist of several schools, I'm considering to send one more LOR to them.

I have already sent two LORs during the regular application period, and I know one of them is quite long (it's from my boss, he's very helpful, and wrote a letter of three pages, and let me have a look before sending it out).

However, this third recommender gave me a letter of about 250 words. I wonder if I should use it? Thank you guys.

Ti Malice
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Re: How long is your LOR? Does a short letter hurt?

Postby Ti Malice » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:42 pm

What does it say?

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Re: How long is your LOR? Does a short letter hurt?

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:48 pm

If it says, "Karen is the single best student I have ever had in my 30 years of teaching. I have had dozens of students at Yale, Harvard, and Stanford, and yet Karen is superior to all of them in every way - ranging from intellectual ability to leadership and compassion...."

You get the picture? 250 words of this is golden.

Three pages is probably too long FYI

KarenJBY
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Re: How long is your LOR? Does a short letter hurt?

Postby KarenJBY » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:51 pm

It said some really nice things, like academic achievements, and good projects, also mentioned a few years ago he wrote a LOR for a girl similar to me, that girl won Fulbright Scholaw later and is a successful lawyer now.

I think he's just too busy to elaborate those nice things...




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