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# Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016!

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29 Sep 2013, 09:44
1500 words is too many for recommenders to write. Will it be ok if they write fewer than 500 per essay? Any approximate estimate of how many words is considered ok?
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29 Sep 2013, 10:04
Any idea what FAQ section? I can't find anywhere that it says that specifically.

It just says to make sure the PDF shows all of your pertinent information.
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29 Sep 2013, 10:20
ashwinkumar96 wrote:
1500 words is too many for recommenders to write. Will it be ok if they write fewer than 500 per essay? Any approximate estimate of how many words is considered ok?

@ashwinkumar96, 1500 words is the maximum for recommendation letters. It's OK if the whole letter is less than that, but each answer should be substantive. Quality is more important than quantity, and they should use their judgment. These are important questions, and a critical deliverable for your application. If your recommender isn't willing to put in the effort on your behalf then maybe you should try to find someone else who can be a stronger advocate for you.

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29 Sep 2013, 10:49
EssaySnark - thanks for your reply. My recommender is more than willing to write letters for me. He called me and expressed concern that he is not getting close to the 500 word limit though he has provided enough examples to substantiate his opinions about me. He said, he covered the answer of the second and third question in around 300 words. I started to get worried because I am not sure below how many words will the letter end up looking too thin in the eyes of the adcom.
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@ashwinkumar1996, 300 words is a couple solid paragraphs and especially for Wharton's second two recommender's questions, that might be fine.

It's great that your recommender is being so diligent as to ask you for clarification on it!
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29 Sep 2013, 17:38
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Well, it is official. I'm in for Round 1. Pushed the submit button today! I still don't think I'm the best applicant for the school, but I gave it my best.

Good luck everyone!
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29 Sep 2013, 17:50
Hamm0, did you have any problems with stuff cutting off when you viewed the PDF?

This is really bothering me and I can't find a solution anywhere.

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29 Sep 2013, 17:53
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Hamm0, did you have any problems with stuff cutting off when you viewed the PDF?

This is really bothering me and I can't find a solution anywhere.

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Fortunately, no. I would email the adcom, though? Sorry I can't be more help!
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29 Sep 2013, 22:47
Question about WHarton reco. My recommender mentioned that there is a box " additional commentary to support the scores above (limit 1000 words)" and then the three recommendation questions. Is that additional commentary optional? He said he has covered all the points in the answers to the three recommendation questions, he was unsure what to put in this "additional commentary" box. Any idea?
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30 Sep 2013, 00:53
hamm0 wrote:
Well, it is official. I'm in for Round 1. Pushed the submit button today! I still don't think I'm the best applicant for the school, but I gave it my best.

Good luck everyone!

Congrats Hamm0! I feel the same but we can put our best foot forwards and hope for the best.

@randomdude123 - it's probably best to not leave it empty. However that being said if your recommender has covered all points through the other questions, it can be brief. I know my recommenders found it pretty tough to write 500 words per question in addition to the 1000 characters!
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30 Sep 2013, 04:56
you guys wrote about your college internships in the employment section, right? There is a specific field that says type of work experience: PT/FT/Work experience during college.
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30 Sep 2013, 08:46
jumsumtak wrote:
you guys wrote about your college internships in the employment section, right? There is a specific field that says type of work experience: PT/FT/Work experience during college.

Yup, I put internships and other meaningful work experience during college.
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30 Sep 2013, 10:45

Question about WHarton reco. My recommender mentioned that there is a box " additional commentary to support the scores above (limit 1000 words)" and then the three recommendation questions. Is that additional commentary optional? He said he has covered all the points in the answers to the three recommendation questions, he was unsure what to put in this "additional commentary" box. Any idea?
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30 Sep 2013, 11:09
randomdude123 wrote:

Question about WHarton reco. My recommender mentioned that there is a box " additional commentary to support the scores above (limit 1000 words)" and then the three recommendation questions. Is that additional commentary optional? He said he has covered all the points in the answers to the three recommendation questions, he was unsure what to put in this "additional commentary" box. Any idea?
@randomdude123, the main questions that Wharton asks recommenders to discuss in the letter are really quite different from the qualities that they want the applicant ranked on. These are separate requests that the adcom is making of the recommender; they want a response in each section.
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30 Sep 2013, 11:17
essaysnark - so you are saying that they have to write an essay for the rankings they made and answer the three questions provided later? Isn't that too much to cover? Moreover, when I googled Wharton recommendation letters, I got only those three questions while none of the website spoke about the additional commentary section. Can you kindly provide more insights/opinions.
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30 Sep 2013, 11:23
randomdude123 wrote:
essaysnark - so you are saying that they have to write an essay for the rankings they made and answer the three questions provided later? Isn't that too much to cover? Moreover, when I googled Wharton recommendation letters, I got only those three questions while none of the website spoke about the additional commentary section. Can you kindly provide more insights/opinions.
The schools do not publish all the questions that they ask of the recommenders; applicants aren't actually supposed to be too involved in that, it's for the recommenders to handle. Many schools have other prompts and sections in the recommendation forms than they publish on their sites.

Wharton is not asking for an "essay"; they simply want the recommender to elaborate on how they have answered the questions on the form.
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30 Sep 2013, 11:37
Thank you essaysnark. I really appreciate your help. I just called Wharton and they said that even if the recommendation letters are not submitted before time tomorrow, I will still be considered for R1. That is a great news for me as my recommender is not in the country and he might be traveling tomorrow. This is an FYI for other applicants too.
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30 Sep 2013, 12:49
randomdude123 wrote:
Thank you essaysnark. I really appreciate your help. I just called Wharton and they said that even if the recommendation letters are not submitted before time tomorrow, I will still be considered for R1. That is a great news for me as my recommender is not in the country and he might be traveling tomorrow. This is an FYI for other applicants too.

Hi randomdude,

do you have an idea of how much time would Wharton wait the Recommendation Letter after tomorrow?

For example, I know that Booth will wait 7 additional days. If they dont submit the letters before that, you are considered for R2.

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30 Sep 2013, 15:44
juancito05 - I didnt ask for a specific number. The person on the phone said that they will collect all the materials of the applicants and by then if they didnt get the recommendation, they will submit a reminder to the applicants. I am not sure how long they will wait after that intimation email.
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