ShulmanSR wrote:Would 4 letters of recommendation hurt an application? Should I stick with 3?
I searched through this thread and didn't see this discussed anywhere, but sorry if this is a repeat question.
My feeling about letters of rec is the following:
If a fourth letter of recommendation says approximately the same thing as the other three (so, for example, a fourth "this is the best student I've ever worked with!"), then it's slightly helpful, especially if it discusses something not mentioned elsewhere in other recs, the personal statement, or your resume.
HOWEVER, if the fourth says "this student is great" (but not the best ever), and the other three say "best ever," I would not submit it. Stick to three that say how outstanding you are rather than a fourth that could risk watering down your overall impression. Good luck!