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Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length?

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Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length? [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 07:04
For those of you who have experience with this...

How long should my letters of recommendation be? I want to be clear in my expectations when speaking to my recommenders.

Some of the schools I am applying to have templates/forms (e.g. CBS) while others ask for an open letter (e.g. Kellogg).

So for something like CBS, how l long should a response be for a single question (i.e. Comment on your observations of the applicant’s ethical behavior.)

And then how about for a non-template letter?

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Re: Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length? [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 07:42
MDF wrote:
For those of you who have experience with this...

How long should my letters of recommendation be? I want to be clear in my expectations when speaking to my recommenders.

Some of the schools I am applying to have templates/forms (e.g. CBS) while others ask for an open letter (e.g. Kellogg).

So for something like CBS, how l long should a response be for a single question (i.e. Comment on your observations of the applicant’s ethical behavior.)

And then how about for a non-template letter?

Thanks,
Michael


It's hard to average it since some schools have 9 questions (Hass) and some 3 (Darden), but anyway it shouldn't be more than 2 pages long.
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Re: Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length? [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 07:44
I would agree, no more than 2 pages. Also, there's a great thread on rec. letters and making 'packets' for your recommenders to refresh them on what they should write about.

Make sure they write the right school name ;)
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Re: Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length? [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 07:58
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I would agree, no more than 2 pages. Also, there's a great thread on rec. letters and making 'packets' for your recommenders to refresh them on what they should write about.

Make sure they write the right school name ;)


Thank you! Could you please point me in the direction of this thread? I'm having trouble locating it via the search engine...
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Re: Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length? [#permalink] New post 18 May 2011, 05:34
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Re: Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length? [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2014, 07:00
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Most letters of recommendation are 2-4 pages long. One page recommendations are usually too short to demonstrate and highlight the significant nature of the relationship.
Of course, sticking to the school's instructions is always a good advice!
For more MBA Recommendations tips: http://www.aringo.com/MBA_Recommendations_Process.htm
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