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Mailing hard-copies of recommendation letters to schools [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2009, 19:16
Hi, I was wondering how strict schools are about requiring recommendations to be uploaded via the internet? The only reason I ask is that I've submitted most of my recommendation letters to my Letter Of Reference service at my undergraduate institution and plan to mail those directly to admissions. Furthermore, 2 of the 3 recommenders I no longer keep in contact with (one was recently layed-off from work and the other is a college professor). I've noticed a number of schools (Chicago, Harvard, Wharton) "require" letters to be uploaded online, but from your experience, how stringent are they and which schools really REQUIRE it? Pleas let me know. Thanks.
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Re: Mailing hard-copies of recommendation letters to schools [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2009, 19:46
All the schools "require" this simply as a matter of their convenience. No matter what they say, if you have your letters sent to them from your school's service (meaning they're sealed and your school's imprimatur is on them), the school to which you're applying should take them. This is exactly what I did, and I didn't have a problem with it - no reputable adcom would really reject you because you went this way.
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Re: Mailing hard-copies of recommendation letters to schools [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2009, 19:48
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Hi, I was wondering how strict schools are about requiring recommendations to be uploaded via the internet? The only reason I ask is that I've submitted most of my recommendation letters to my Letter Of Reference service at my undergraduate institution and plan to mail those directly to admissions. Furthermore, 2 of the 3 recommenders I no longer keep in contact with (one was recently layed-off from work and the other is a college professor). I've noticed a number of schools (Chicago, Harvard, Wharton) "require" letters to be uploaded online, but from your experience, how stringent are they and which schools really REQUIRE it? Pleas let me know. Thanks.


As long as the school have a PDF version or print version of their application available (including the rec letter section), you can mail them in. Admissions office will open a folder for you in your name and keep all your stuff mailed to them for up to 6 months.

However, let the school know that you will be doing this and check with them that they received the item in mail.

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Re: Mailing hard-copies of recommendation letters to schools   [#permalink] 04 Mar 2009, 19:48
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