Does it matter if 1 of LORs was submitted 1-2 years earlier?

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chenghsiang
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Does it matter if 1 of LORs was submitted 1-2 years earlier?

Postby chenghsiang » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:34 pm

If I obtain one of the two required LORs 1 to 2 years prior to submitting my applications, will that hurt my chance of admission?

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hairbear7
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Re: Does it matter if 1 of LORs was submitted 1-2 years earlier?

Postby hairbear7 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:46 pm

Nope! People do this all the time

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pylon
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Re: Does it matter if 1 of LORs was submitted 1-2 years earlier?

Postby pylon » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:42 am

Not at all! If anything, it's a good thing if you're a few years away from applying (because a professor would be able to write you a better letter now compared to two years after having a class).

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Re: Does it matter if 1 of LORs was submitted 1-2 years earlier?

Postby ilikebaseball » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:44 am

Question stemming from this, but if I was to hypothetically defer (I've sent both my LOR's to 12 diff schools this cycle) would I be able to send it again to 12 next year?

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Re: Does it matter if 1 of LORs was submitted 1-2 years earlier?

Postby pylon » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:49 am

Yeah, you can definitely re-use LORs and send them to the same schools again. However, when re-applying you want to make sure your application is different from the past year, and a new LOR is a (very small) way to make your application different, so it's up to you. At schools I re-applied to, I sent one LOR that they had already seen, and one new one. HTH :)




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