SDN members see fewer ads and full resolution images. Join our non-profit community!

sending more than a committee letter

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by medical22, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    If the school only asks for a committee letter and I send in a couple more, will they even look at them?
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. Jamier2

    Jamier2 SDN Hillbilly Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001
    My schools did me. :)

    I wouldn't send in seventeen letters or anything, but a couple of extra ones shouldn't hurt anything. Although, you should check with the schools themselves - some may explicitly ask that no more than the committee be sent, and it's better to be sure.
  4. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    it really depends on the school, although most prolly won't mind.
  5. Bounty

    Bounty 1K Member 7+ Year Member

    May 16, 2002
    Hey guys
    I am having one extra person send me a rec so what I am doing is sending him a package with addressed and stamped envelopes for the schools i'm applying to. Now, here's my question:
    I signed waivers for all the letters that are going from my pre-med committee. Do i need to do anything special for this other recommender's letters? Should I send an additional form that I type up that says i waive my right to read it? Or should I have him write that it is confidential? I know some schools have forms that I can use for this but others dont....
    Whaddaya think?
  6. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    is three more letters too much? at first i was only going to send 2 additional letters, but now i'm sending three. I hope it's not too much.
  7. GATC

    GATC Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    I think it is perfectly acceptable to send extra LORs. You don't want to overdo it though.

    If you think that the letters are all different and that they show a different aspect of you then three extra ones are fine. But dont send letters just to make your file thicker. They have a lot to do and I am sure that they dont want to read 500 times what a nice person you are.

    It isnt a bad idea to hold on to one good one, in case you get desperate later on and can use it as a perk. Many people did this last year and it worked for them. It allows the adcom to review your file once again.

    Good luck
  8. TroutBum

    TroutBum Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Hey Bounty, I'm sending two extra letters, and I think I'm going to mail each school a letter beforehand letting them know that two extra letters are coming, and that I have waived any right to view them. Also, since they probably won't be done until all the schools have everything else, I think I'm going to request that they begin processing my application once the minimum set of documents is in, and then review the extras as they come in. I specifically asked my letter writers to wait until a certain day before mailing them out, so I would have time to get that letter in.

    But I know some schools specifically say NO EXTRA LETTERS. For example, Tulane doesn't want anything extra, and Wash U says you can send only one extra, so everybody should definitely research the schools they're applying to.

    Also, some schools, like U. Vermont, specifically say that they will not review your file until they recieve ALL letters, and asks you to list all the letters that will be coming.

    Good luck!

Share This Page