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Old Letters of Recommendation

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by katniss09, 05.12.14.

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  1. katniss09

    katniss09 2+ Year Member

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  3. coffeesnob

    coffeesnob 2+ Year Member

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    Yes. Old letters are fine as long as they are in your school's profile. 5 of my letters were collected within 2-3 years before I applied. But I did get a new one from my employer a few months before I applied.
     
  4. AlexMack12

    AlexMack12 I have no idea what I'm doing. 2+ Year Member

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    I was originally going to apply during the 2012 application cycle and prepared my letters of recommendation accordingly but plans changed and I instead applied during the 2013 cycle. I did add two letters but included the "old" letters from 2012 as well. I had absolutely no issue whatsoever with my application materials this past cycle.
    You'll be fine as long as you add a more recent letter (as you intend to), more to show you've been recently active in a productive activity, not because your older letters are worth any less. Good luck!
     
  5. optimistic3

    optimistic3 2+ Year Member

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    Take my reply with a grain of salt because I haven't applied yet but my school's pre-health advisor said 1-2 year old letters are fine. I asked one of my professors to write one a year early and she said I shouldn't submit a year old letter so she will write it for me next year.
     
  6. Spinach Dip

    Spinach Dip Delicious with nachos 2+ Year Member

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    Everything I've heard has said that old ones are fine.

    Some qualify that statement by saying that at least one should have been written within the past year.
     

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