Quantcast

Letters of recommendation -- customizable per school?

This forum made possible through the generous support of SDN members, donors, and sponsors. Thank you.

doc.Junior

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2020
Messages
14
Reaction score
0

Members don't see this ad.
Hi all! Wondering if my letter writers have the ability to tweak their letters for different schools, or is it that they can only upload one letter to AMCAS that goes to all schools? I have a few different people who could sign a letter at one place, each alumni of different schools. So, it might make sense to switch them out/add co-signatories, or drop small details that are school specific. Thanks.
 
Last edited:

Wolvvs

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2017
Messages
850
Reaction score
1,153
Are you going to get a committee letter of recommendation? If so, you'll only be able to provide one version of your letter to your premed committee, but you will be able to submit supplemental letters directly through AMCAS.

If you're unable to get a committee letter for whatever reason, it will allow you more flexibility. You can request whatever letters you want through AMCAS and assign letters individually to schools.

There's a couple caveats: if you choose not to get a committee letter so you can do this, that's not a good idea as schools will wonder why you didn't get one. And also you know your letter writers best, but don't ask too much from them...
 

gonnif

Rule One: Take a Breath
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
Joined
Jul 26, 2009
Messages
24,128
Reaction score
41,257
You should not
Hi all! Wondering if my letter writers have the ability to tweak their letters for different schools, or is it that they can only upload one letter to AMCAS that goes to all schools? I have a few different people who could sign a letter at one place, each alumni of different schools. So, it might make sense to switch them out/add co-signatories, or drop small details that are school specific. Thanks.
No you cant do it nor should you.
1) Each writer can load a single letter.
2) You can have a max of 10 letters in AMCAS.
3) You can assign each letter to each school specifically
4) dropping small details like that is usually obvious and treated as such
5) Be transparent and ask a writer who may be an alumnus to say that in the letter. But then that letter is only good for that school
 

doc.Junior

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2020
Messages
14
Reaction score
0
Are you going to get a committee letter of recommendation? If so, you'll only be able to provide one version of your letter to your premed committee, but you will be able to submit supplemental letters directly through AMCAS.

If you're unable to get a committee letter for whatever reason, it will allow you more flexibility. You can request whatever letters you want through AMCAS and assign letters individually to schools.

There's a couple caveats: if you choose not to get a committee letter so you can do this, that's not a good idea as schools will wonder why you didn't get one. And also you know your letter writers best, but don't ask too much from them...
Thanks. I will be getting individual letters, since I'm a not-traditional applicant. I didn't see an option to attach to individual schools though.
 

Wolvvs

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2017
Messages
850
Reaction score
1,153
Check this video at about 6 minutes (or just watch it through, might be useful)
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Top