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# Letters of Recommendation - Avg Length?

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15 May 2011, 08:04
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?

Thanks,
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15 May 2011, 08:42
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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15 May 2011, 08:44
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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15 May 2011, 08:58
thisguy310 wrote:
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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18 May 2011, 06:34
thisguy310 wrote:

Thank you! This is great!
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18 Aug 2014, 13:46
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19 Aug 2014, 08:00
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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