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Excluding one recommender after interview invitation

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Excluding one recommender after interview invitation [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2013, 19:56
I got an interview invite from McDonough which I will be going to on the 6th. I only provided one professional recommendation as well as a college instructor recommendation when I applied but I noted in my optional essay that I would provide another professional reference later. I've applied to Kelley and Goizueta since then but my recommender has informed me at the last moment that he only has time to write 3 recommendations for me right now and that I'd have to wait until next month for others. So in total, he still needs to submit his reco to Yale (they requested by 25th, he will submit tonight), Kelley, Goizueta and McDonough, which is 4 schools. I don't really have anyone else I could use other than my college instructor. (Goizueta and McDonough clearly prefer professional recommenders, Kelley doesn't explicitly state preference) I'm a bit confused what I should do...

- Hold back the Kelley application for Rd 3 (of 4), giving him time to write
- Tell him not to write for McDonough right now and focus on the other three (but I'm not sure how this will affect my admission post-interview... and McDonough is my safety school)
- Ask my instructor to write a Kelley recommendation and hope that's good enough to at least get me an interview

I know Kelley and McDonough aren't particularly difficult schools to get into but with Stern and Johnson being very quiet about my November applications I'm beginning to set my sights lower and it'd be a disaster if I didn't get into at least one of Kelley, Goizueta or McDonough. Do recommendations matter that much after you get an interview invite? (McDonough has a pretty high admit rate) Or will my interview matter more after that point? Thanks.
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Re: Excluding one recommender after interview invitation [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 01:37
Assuming that you don't have a clear favorite of the McDonough/Kelley pair:

Since you already have the interview invite from McDonough you should raise your chances there by handing in the 2nd recommendation (I believe if there's no second recommendation in time for the interview, it will severely damage your application). So there's a lot to lose here.

Kelley has no clear preference for a professional rec so you might still have a decent shot in R3. You may lower your chances here, but you are giving up way less than at McDonough.
Re: Excluding one recommender after interview invitation   [#permalink] 24 Jan 2013, 01:37
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