Some secondaries do get reviewed without letters and then the letters are looked at.Just a thought here. Does anyone feel like their pre-med committee sends out the LORs for their "best" applicants first, regardless of when they submitted their materials?
I just ask because I submitted all my materials in the first week that you could, and I am still waiting for my letter to be sent. I am a re-applicant, and I know someone else who submitted around the same time as me and is still waiting. When I called the committee's office today they said letters have already started being sent but mine won't be ready for "a couple of weeks."
Obviously nothing I can do about it but just wondering if anyone is/was in a similar situation. Very frustrating to say the least when my secondaries have been complete for weeks but can't be reviewed.
Not really....Don't know but it makes sense to do the applicants who have the best chance of succeeding first.
But is there even a demonstrative difference between when something is early enough to provide an advantage? I'd like to hope most schools put in a lot of effort in compiling the committee letter, but schools differ WIDELY on the speed in which the letter is released to the students. Alot of students in many different colleges (mine included) are still awaiting them. I think this speaks more towards the overall recognition that speed just isn't all that important - probably getting everything complete really really early's only major benefit is that it gives the applicant more flexibility in choosing interview slots. And if the "bottom line" is acceptance rate, there probably isn't too much incentive to speed along the letter for convenience.Not really....
From a school's perspective all they care about is what % of students they can get into a med school (not necessarily an elite/good med school) so they can flaunt that number on the school's website ("Last year 94% of applicants from X got in to medical school!")
Makes more sense to really work hard on the letters of those fringe applicants, submit it early, and give them an extra boost to get in somewhere....whereas the 3.8/36 applicant will likely get in somewhere even with a mediocre, rushed committee letter at the last minute. Another option is to just tell the fringe candidates to not apply at all to protect the schools acceptance %