gens1tb wrote:Is there a reason to send the LOCI via regular mail instead of email? In the waitlist email it encourages you to send it either way. I.. guess it looks more professional as a piece of physical correspondence? But, it's a lot faster to send an email.
Attach it as a pdf. You can even sign it and scan it as a pdf, if you want it to look just like a real letter.
Best of both worlds.
I don't have the actual link, but I copy and pasted LOCI advice from a past TLS forum. This is what it said about e-mail vs. snail mail LOCIs:
How should I send my LOCI?
Assuming the school doesn’t specifically tell you how to send in additional materials, it is preferable to physically mail your LOCI as opposed to emailing it. By physically mailing the letter, you know that someone will have to open it and when they do, they will place it in your file. If you email it, you have to rely on whoever reads it to print it out and place it in your file. Additionally, emails have a greater chance of being overlooked than a hard copy letter. The deans and admissions committees are being flooded with emails around decision time. You want to eliminate any chance of administrative error and sending a physical letter helps you do that. A physical letter also takes more time and effort to send than an e-mail and is a sign that sending the LOCI was important to you.
However, a lot of schools say either one is fine. Personally, I agree with this b/c a physical letter is more personal than an e-mail. I agree though, PDF is good too, then you can show you took the time to personally sign your letter.