Originally Posted by fas376
Sounds good, thank you. I have 400 words thus far. I know it's "quality over quantity," but generally, how long are they?
Mine ranged from ~350 words to nearly 1000 words. I think the length completely depends on how well the person knows you and where this LOR stacks up in the grand scheme (its purpose). The nearly 1000 word LOR was written by my grad school mentor who worked with me daily for over five years. He was a good judge of my integrity, academic abilities, and personality. The ~350 word LOR was a personal reference from a friend/faculty member. This focused mostly on my personality and non-research related achievements. Each letter conveyed and evaluated different aspects of me and my abilities.