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Do I need a non-science prof LOR?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Hotshy, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Hotshy

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    I am just curious do I need a non-science prof LOR?

    I have 2 LORs from science Profs and 2 LORs from Professors I have done genetics research with.

    I also have one LOR from the volunteer coordinator at the hospital I have volunteered for 200+ hours.

    Do I really need the LOR from a non-science prof? Especially when one of my science prof's told me she emphasized my personality much more in the letter than my success in her course (which was still included).
     
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  3. LeoGer

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    Some schools require/recommend one non-science faculty. Look at the requirements of the schools to which you're applying.
     
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    +1 Most schools seem to require one if you utilize the individual letters route.
     
  5. Hotshy

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    And if I'm utilizing a committee/composite letter?
     
  6. LeoGer

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    Then most don't. Check the school's requirement.
     
  7. dicer

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    I'm taking a course offered by the environmental sci department on natural resource sociology. Would a letter from this professor count as a non-science letter? The subject matter is not strictly science, however it's offered by a science department.
     
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    Check with the school. Some recommend humanities professors.
     
  9. TxResident

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    Definitely call the schools. Some schools will REQUIRE the non-science and some will say its alright, so long as you have a science in place of it. I called up Creighton about this issue a few days ago and they said that there HAD to be a non-science letter whereas some school in Philadelphia (can't remember which one I called) stated that it would be okay if it was a letter written by a science faculty in place of it. But, as people stated beforehand, if its a committee it should be okay.
     
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    There are actually few schools that require a non-science letter (Harvard, Hopkins, and a few others). Two science letters is pretty much a must have though.
     

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