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Hi, This is probably the most appropriate forum for this post as the question is pretty much wharton specific. There are many successful applicants and current students on this forum, and I wonder if they could share knowledge that could help me with an application decision.
I applied to Wharton 2 years in a row for admission to Fall 2011 and Fall 2012. I gained an interview for Fall 2011 (failed to convert) but was dinged without interview for Fall 2012. I only applied to top few or bust and didn't apply to any school last year.
Now 2 years later, I've moved on to a new job and have 1 new strong recommendation from an EC. However, for the 2nd recommendation, I'll have to use someone who also recommended me in the previous apps and the content is going to be pretty much the same (former employer).
My essays and app is ready for W (the only school I have time to apply to this year and would be happy to matric if accepted), but I'm in a fix if I should apply with the same recommendation with which is was dinged twice. As much as I'd hate to wait any longer (older applicant in 30s), I feel that I may get dinged again and would lose any shot next year. My other option is to wait and apply R1 next year with a new 2nd recommender.
Is there evidence that a recommender being the same as in the previous 2 applications going to hurt me significantly?
Wharton has apparently a very large word limit for recommender questions with respect to other schools -- 500 words each for 3 questions is total 1500 words. I doubt a recommender will write so much more when you compare it to equivalent schools such as total 500 words of HBS. Can a recommender write about 200 words for each 500 word recommender question for W?
Also interested to know how the successful applicants here worked with recommenders who know nothing about mba recommendations. Sure one provides them with a list of accomplishments, but still non-mba people just find the mba recommendation questions weird, which makes it harder to trust what they would eventually and independently submit. Sorry long post, but will appreciate insights based on evidence. Thanks.