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I filled out my secondaries back in September, but my recommenders didn't get the recommendations in until December.

I had asked for five recommendations. I mistakenly relied on memory, and now I can't recall who I said would send recommendations for me to UVA, Penn State and Jefferson. I can't seem to access my secondary to check. And of course I didn't save a copy for my records.

So now what? Will it look bad if I call the schools and ask? Should I send all five? Is there any other way to access the applications or at least the names of the recommenders? Does anyone else have the same problem?
 

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You could look at the LOR requirements for the schools you applied to on their websites or in the MSAR to jog your memory.
 

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Zenlike, thanks. I did look (except I couldn't find Jefferson's instructions at all). Sadly, there're many possible combinations for each school.

Also I don't remember whether those colleges even asked who would write recommendations in the secondary. Penn State and UVA make it sound like I could send more than the required minimum, and I don't remember a single school that did not ask for exactly 3 recommendations asking for names in the secondary. But again... stupid memory.

Edit: if I sent more than the stated number, what will they do? Just trash the extra ones? And think I'm a pest?
 
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i believe extra recs are totally ok with most schools. i had a total of 7 recs and a committee letter.
 

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I almost had the same problem, but it took me 30 seconds to figure it out when I logged into interfolio (delivery reciept). Didn't you use something similar to send your stuff in? Also, I would totally send in all 5. You'll be fine.
 

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I didn't send them from interfolio yet, that's the problem.

So if you send more recommendations than needed, would that be bad--especially if I didn't indicate it on the application?
 

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I didn't send them from interfolio yet, that's the problem.

So if you send more recommendations than needed, would that be bad--especially if I didn't indicate it on the application?
I've done it with a few schools actually, where I indicated on the app that I would send in 3, but I ended up sending 4.

I didn't think the 4th one would come in time, which is why I had initially told them I would send 3. No one mentioned anything in my interviews. I'm very glad I did what I did.

:luck:
 
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