What is a letter of interest/update letter/etc and when should i send one

SwankyLove

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Hey...

so yeah...what is a letter of interest? hopefully im using the correct term. As far as i can gather, its a letter that you send in restating ur interest and like for their school. apparently youre only supposed to do this to a few select schools...?????? am i anywhere near correct?? and when should u send one of these?
 

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SwankyLove said:
Hey...

so yeah...what is a letter of interest? hopefully im using the correct term. As far as i can gather, its a letter that you send in restating ur interest and like for their school. apparently youre only supposed to do this to a few select schools...?????? am i anywhere near correct?? and when should u send one of these?
There have been a ton of posts on this in the last few months but since I'm not doing anything right now, I can list a little bit:

Letter of INTENT: you only send to one school (almost always post interview); while you could send more than one out, that is ethically wrong since you are giving the school your word.

Letter of Interest: send as many as you want to schools that you haven't interviewed at and I think even schools you have interviewed at; however, since you are not committing to the school, I don't get the usefulness of it
POST-interview.

You can send all of these these right now...the earlier, the better imo. I sent my letter of intent to the school I wanted to go to 3 weeks after interviewing.

You can send an update letter to any school (pre/post interview).