How influential are letters of recommendation from people in high places?

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surgeon said:
I wanted to know if anybody knocked down a dental school door? :laugh:
It all depends if the person knows you well or not. Can she/he provide an insight into your personatily, working skills, academic qualities, work habbits etc?
If no then it won't be effective at all. I'd rather ask someone who can tell something of a substance about me, and not be a "BIG" name.
 

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agree with balki. if the person is a BIG name person and knows you, then it will probably be very good.
my personal exp, i got a LOR from the dean of my school. he knew me as much as my profs did since he himself was one of my former professors as wells as shop at a men's clothing store where i used to work. so, he knoew me from school as well as outside and hence wrote a good letter about me (well, so i think at least).


also one other thing. at UCONN, i was told that the they look at the LOR's and your sci score very highly.
 
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surgeon said:
I wanted to know if anybody knocked down a dental school door? :laugh:
I think that it depends on the school. If it's private, a letter of rec from a very influential person such as a board member then it could possibly help. If it's public then that changes things.The school's admissions board is going to be less likely to care if they piss off someone high up because the funding is still going to be there. Private schools rely much more heavily on alumni donations so they will be more apt to scratch the back of a heavy contributor. Still, the best way to get in is to do it on your own merit.
 

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Balki said:
It all depends if the person knows you well or not. Can she/he provide an insight into your personatily, working skills, academic qualities, work habbits etc?
If no then it won't be effective at all. I'd rather ask someone who can tell something of a substance about me, and not be a "BIG" name.
But even if this person does write a letter with such specifications does it mean that you will be taken in serious considerationo because of this persons big name or will they just turn their head and say I dont care who he knows? :confused:
 

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Calculus1 said:
I think that it depends on the school. If it's private, a letter of rec from a very influential person such as a board member then it could possibly help. If it's public then that changes things.The school's admissions board is going to be less likely to care if they piss off someone high up because the funding is still going to be there. Private schools rely much more heavily on alumni donations so they will be more apt to scratch the back of a heavy contributor. Still, the best way to get in is to do it on your own merit.
I plan on going to a private school but, i'm scared to use this persons rec because of their big name. I dont want to piss them off :confused:
 

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I plan on going to a private school but, i'm scared to use this persons rec because of their big name. I dont want to piss them off :confused:
Piss who off? Use it, it could make a huge difference. If you get to go to dental school that's all that matters.
 

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Calculus1 said:
Piss who off? Use it, it could make a huge difference. If you get to go to dental school that's all that matters.[/QUOTE

Who I meant by pissing of was the admissions committe because they could think i'm trying to influence them you know how people can be just to spite a person
 

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surgeon said:
Calculus1 said:
Piss who off? Use it, it could make a huge difference. If you get to go to dental school that's all that matters.[/QUOTE

Who I meant by pissing of was the admissions committe because they could think i'm trying to influence them you know how people can be just to spite a person
But you are right the admissions letter is all that counts
 

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No offence dude, if you can get a BIG name to support ya, chances are you have a better chance to get in as long as they can provide you with a solid reference. The most important is the quality of the reference but the second most important is who.
 
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