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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by BrownBradPitt, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. BrownBradPitt

    BrownBradPitt Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2005
    Newtown, Pa
    So how "great" would a LOR be if it was written by your vice president of the university?

    Would it weigh a lot for the application?
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  3. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    as long as you spell check your application
  4. wigglytooth

    wigglytooth Assistant Wiggle-ator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    If you know your vp and your vp knows you, it would be a good LOR... if your vp doesn't know jack about you and you have someone who knows you on a more personal level, then go for the latter.
  5. reapply2007

    reapply2007 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Are you coming up short in LORs? Go hit the local homeless shelter. Buy someone lunch and you have a new personal reference. Just bring the LOR with you, prepped for signature.
  6. djeffreyt

    djeffreyt Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    I agree with the people above that it all depends on the depth of the letter. Just cause a letter of rec comes from the VP, doesn't mean anything if that person can't write something personal about you. And, just cause he's the VP of the school, may not mean anything to the people who read it. Remember that the importance of the letter of recs isn't really about the person who is writing's about the person it is written for.

    When I was choosing some of my letter of rec writers...I had options. I was lucky, I had done a lot of ASB stuff at my school. I could have asked the VP of Student Affairs at our school to write me a letter. His only direct boss is the President of the school, but I opted for other people who knew me better. The people I chose may not have the fancy title...but there letters were probably aces above anything the VP would have been able to write me cause our only relationship was a professional level where I met in council meetings and smaller meeting a couple times a month with him. they said...if he really knows you well, and you don't think there are other people who know you better and could write the letters...than ask him or her.
  7. BuckeyeDDS

    BuckeyeDDS 2+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    Columbia, SC
    When I was in undergrad, I worked pretty extensively with the President of the University. I had him write me a letter when I applied to dental school. Only one interviewer even said a thing about it. I'm not saying good LORs are not important, but I can tell you right now that they care more about what it says than who wrote it.
  8. BioABC

    BioABC Fibula Jaw 5+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2004
    ...hypothetically, you had a current professor, an old professor, and/or an alumna from the dental school your applying to write a rec for you(taking into consideration that you do shadow experience with them)? Would that make a considerable amount of difference, or would what was written still be more important than the names?
  9. reapply2007

    reapply2007 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Don't waste too much of your time - you'll still need three science LORs or one health sciences advisory committee letter. You'll possibly also need a character reference LOR and a LOR from a dentist you've shadowed.
  10. NavyDDS

    NavyDDS 2+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    I have yet to be amased by this post:sleep: :sleep: :sleep:
  11. gatormichigan

    gatormichigan 7+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    I think (in my opinion) the only criteria that a rec letter needs to have is that it is written by someone with a PhD or is from a dr of some sort. The letter needs to say that they HIGHLY rec. you and that if you were a dentist they can't wait to be your pt. AND the most important, it needs to reflect that the person knows you very well and of course say great things about you too.

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