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So I submitted 3 letters, not realizing that they were going to be tied to my primary for every school. They're 2 science and 1 additional faculty. I have a doctor letter that will be submitted next week which makes my total up to 4. The doctor letter will have to be submitted anyway since it is required. I just looked up one of the schools and they say that more than 3 is not encouraged. How bad is this going to look? I was hoping to use my boss's LOR in place of the additional faculty but without realizing, I saw one school said 2 science and 1 additional faculty so I had those letters submitted to aacomas. I know my boss's LOR was going to be my strongest. :arghh:
 

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I think most schools would recognize that the AACOMAS system (for whatever reason) sends all letters to all schools. Many secondaries provide room to detail which letters are being used for what requirement, so if you haven't submitted for that school, I would just outline which letters you want used. Otherwise... it happens and it would be a weird thing to 'punish' an applicant for.

I had a LOR without letterhead/signature logged into AACOMAS, and then had to re-upload a new letter. The system won't allow you to delete letters, so I have two by the same writer going to every school. Still got two DO II's. C'est la vie!
 
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I think most schools would recognize that the AACOMAS system (for whatever reason) sends all letters to all schools. Many secondaries provide room to detail which letters are being used for what requirement, so if you haven't submitted for that school, I would just outline which letters you want used. Otherwise... it happens and it would be a weird thing to 'punish' an applicant for.

I had a LOR without letterhead/signature logged into AACOMAS, and then had to re-upload a new letter. The system won't allow you to delete letters, so I have two by the same writer going to every school. Still got two DO II's. C'est la vie!
That's awesome you still got II's! I went ahead and submitted my app since there was nothing I could do. The good thing is I only submitted those 3 LOR and held back from submitting the other ones I have already. Hopefully the secondaries will provide room to upload separate ones. I'm a non-trad so my science ones probably won't be as good and I would hate it if those were the only LOR that they see when I have much stronger LOR from recent work and courses.
 

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I submitted 5 and accepted.
No worries. Most secondaries will allow you to list contact of recommendators
 
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Reviving this thread for a follow up question. If your letters are already tied to your AACOMAS app but the secondaries ask you to send the letters to the school, are you suppose to send it again? And if you're using interfolio, do you just enter the school name to have those letters sent?
 
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Which schools say that more than 3 is not encouraged?
I don't remember which specific school said that, but I'm also not seeing anywhere in the secondary for the schools I've looked at that says you can send in more than the number of LOR they're requesting. For the MD schools, they specify that min 3 and max 5 or something, but I don't really see that for the DO secondaries.
 

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You are fine. They will understand.
 
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I submitted 5 and accepted.
No worries. Most secondaries will allow you to list contact of recommendators
Did you have to submit the letters directly to the school or were they able to just download them from your app and only read the letters from the people you indicated in the secondary? I have 4 letters tied to my primary application and one of the school I submitted requires only 2 and they asked me to list the recommendors in the secondary app portion. Just wondering if you need to submit them directly to the school or they'll just choose them from your app.

Thanks!
 

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Did you have to submit the letters directly to the school or were they able to just download them from your app and only read the letters from the people you indicated in the secondary? I have 4 letters tied to my primary application and one of the school I submitted requires only 2 and they asked me to list the recommendors in the secondary app portion. Just wondering if you need to submit them directly to the school or they'll just choose them from your app.

Thanks!
I just send all 5 of my letters to aacomas and whatever schools want to see, I think they can pick out. Some schools ask you to choose on secondary.
 
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I just send all 5 of my letters to aacomas and whatever schools want to see, I think they can pick out. Some schools ask you to choose on secondary.
Thanks! That's what I'm doing. I sent it all to AACOMAS instead of pick and choosing individual ones to send to each school because that cost a lot more.
 
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Submitted 6 through AACOMAS and another by DO doctor to a select few of schools (msucom, azcom, ccom, nyit) so we will see lol
 
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