Thanks so much!!!
My LORs, from my own perspective, were not that strong. The professors who wrote the LORs were well known in the country that I come from, but that would not be the case here in the states. And two more LORs were from business professionals, not from academic sources. So, I presume that mine did not gain much attention from admission committess.
Your suggestion to contact schools is reasonable, I think. I'll approach them and find what would be their replies. Anyway, I would get either no or some comments which I believe would be better help at this time.
Again, thanks so much. Any further input would be appreciated.
Seems like the weakness is with the LOR. I would say
- use as many academic recommenders as possible. no matter how good are the LORs from biz professionals, use them as the last resort (i.e. when you know have sufficient LORs). I think some schools have a policy of having only at most 1 recommendation from non-academic sources.
- the reputation of the recommender is important to certain extent. But what is more important is what is being said in the LOR.
Since now you are doing a program in the US, you should start working towards securing strong LORs.