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is there any specific forms that my Rs have to fill out?
or can i just ask them to put into 20 separate envelopes?
 

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Dude, just have them use Interfolio. Seriously. Sign up for an account ($15), print out the barcode form (you need a special form for each reviewer) and tell them to mail/fax their letter into Interfolio. This way you can dispatch the letters (confidentially too, you can set up a closed file) yourself. I wish I had done this sooner--I set up an account as a back-up when my original letters were lost.
 
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Only problem is that it costs at least $4 every time you send out your LORs. Still, you can pick and choose which letters you want to send where, and it saves the hassle of having to go back to your professors or whoever each time you need another recommendation.
 
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$4 really isn't that much if you think about it (i know we are all suffering from lighter wallets right now). if you sent just 3 letters, it would be at least $1.17 for postage. then factor in buying envelopes and taking the time to address and stamp them. then you have to get them to your writer (very tricky if they are not in the same city as you). on top of that you have the stress of keeping it all straight in your head and the stress that comes when a letter is lost in the mail. then you have to do it all over again. if you couldn't tell, i am a fan of interfolio :D good luck
 

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Dude, just have them use Interfolio. Seriously. Sign up for an account ($15), print out the barcode form (you need a special form for each reviewer) and tell them to mail/fax their letter into Interfolio. This way you can dispatch the letters (confidentially too, you can set up a closed file) yourself. I wish I had done this sooner--I set up an account as a back-up when my original letters were lost.

just wanna make sure how it works...
i set up the account --> my profs mail to that interfolio
the company actually KEEEPS the LOR, right?
and i just tell them where to send afterwards?


is it legit?

what if each school has different form to fill out?
 

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Check out my General Applicant FAQ. I have a whole Interfolio section.
The only school I know of that has a separate form is UPitt, and they don't need it if it is coming from a letter service (like Interfolio).
 
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coralfangs said:
just wanna make sure how it works...
i set up the account --> my profs mail to that interfolio
the company actually KEEEPS the LOR, right?
and i just tell them where to send afterwards?


is it legit?

what if each school has different form to fill out?

I don't know about actually sending the LOR to schools, so I can't help you there. But once your prof sends the LOR to Interfolio, with your waiver or barcode or whatever it is, they'll put it into a huge computer system, and you'll be able to see the file (but if you waived your right to see it, you won't see what's contained in the file, just that the file is there), and you can designate where to send which letters and when. It costs $5 to ship them by regular mail, and $4 to send them electronic to your school. It is legit, many people use it.
 

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coralfangs said:
ahhhhhh

u guys all use it?


i do :D was going to do it all myself but looked into it and saw how simple it was. much easier on your writers too
 

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It has been a lifesaver for me--one of my letters got lost a few places, and now because of Interfolio's overnight service--I should be file complete at 6 of my top-choice schools by Friday. :)

Profs like it because they only do one, and then you don't have to bug them anymore. Wish I had done it this way to begin with but OH WELL! Lucky for me my other letters arrived places like they should. But you never know.
 

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Our university has the students use interfolio. Most schools don't have a problem with it.
 
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Our university highly recommends it, and I think the University of Colorado Med school is going to start accepting only electronic LORs... not completely sure, though.
 
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