3 letters of rec or 2?

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3 letters of rec or 2?

Postby basketweaver » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:06 pm

I already have 2 good LOR from past professors

Is it worth it to get a 3rd from the job I've had for the past 3 months since graduating or does it not add much? I think it'll be a decent to good LOR from my boss.

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Re: 3 letters of rec or 2?

Postby BlendedUnicorn » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:09 pm

basketweaver wrote:I already have 2 good LOR from past professors

Is it worth it to get a 3rd from the job I've had for the past 3 months since graduating or does it not add much? I think it'll be a decent to good LOR from my boss.


Almost certainly won't matter one way or the other. If schools are only asking for 2 though that's all I'd give them.

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Re: 3 letters of rec or 2?

Postby The_Pluviophile » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:03 pm

I think the general consensus is give only the number they require (so if they require two, only give two), and academic LORs seemed to be preferred (unless you've been out of school for a significant amount of time), but I did two academic and one from a supervisor and it didn't hurt me. So probably won't matter either way.

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Re: 3 letters of rec or 2?

Postby Mikey » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:54 pm

yeah, just stick to 2 letters unless you need and additional LOR for a certain scholly or something.

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Re: 3 letters of rec or 2?

Postby KPUSN07 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:11 pm

So if they say 2 is minimum, but 4 is maximum.... give the minimum or maximum?

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Re: 3 letters of rec or 2?

Postby BlendedUnicorn » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:22 pm

KPUSN07 wrote:So if they say 2 is minimum, but 4 is maximum.... give the minimum or maximum?


Depends. If you're k-JD just give the min. But if you served in the army before college and won a silver star for valor and then went to school and then became an astrophysicist and invented faster than light travel it probably makes sense to send 3 or 4.

Basically, you shouldn't be going over the minimum unless you're 100% certain that the letters add something unique and positive to your application.



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