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Postby ifiknew » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:14 am

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Re: Only one letter of rec?

Postby NapoleonXV » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:20 am

I think you must secure two LoRs
Otherwise many schools will not even regard your app as complete

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Re: Only one letter of rec?

Postby RoaringMice » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:51 am

You need two LORs.

Contact an old prof where you did strong work in his class. When you contact him, remind him of who you are, and if you have copies of the work you did for his class (for copies, ideally with his grading/comments on them), then make him copies and send them to him with your resume. In addition, if you remember any of his comments toward you, remind him of what he said in the letter you send to him after this conversation, when you send him your resume. It's entirely normal for professors to write reccs for students in this manner. And you need two, so you need to make the best of this situation.

If you have time before you're applying, an alternative is to take a class between now and then, do great work in it, and ask that professor for a recc.

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Re: Only one letter of rec?

Postby xylocarp » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:26 pm

Some schools actually do allow you to send in only one LOR (I've seen 1-3 a few times), but sending in 2 is better. Additionally, academic LORs from professors are, from what I've read from adcoms, considered to be much more valuable than letters from employers (this is in general; obviously if you'd been out of school for 15 years or something it may be different), so even if you were considering sending in only one to those few schools which allow it, you probably shouldn't with a letter from an employer.

I would recommend you ask a professor whose class you did well in (of course) and hopefully have some documentation beyond a letter grade to prove it. Giving the professor, say, a paper you wrote for her class with her comments on it could help jog her memory and hopefully produce a less generic letter.

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