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when to send LORs?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by medical22, Jul 31, 2002.

  1. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    I am getting a committee letter from my college's committee. My advisor recommends that I get other letters in addition to the committee letter. I may get about 2 more, but don't most med schools only want the committee letter. If I do send other letters, when am I supposed to send them? Along with my secondaries? Can I just ask the professors to send them before I send in my secondary?
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  3. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    can someone please help me??:(
  4. Diogenes

    Diogenes Succat 7+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Most schools will accept them either before or after you send in your secondary. A few don't want them before you send in your secondary. Just call the admissions office of each school if you are anxious about it.
  5. geneman

    geneman The Transgenic Hobo 7+ Year Member

    May 5, 2002
    Hi med22,

    Most med schools do only want the committee letter. A few, such as Stanford, also require the full LORs ("These letters may be accompanied by an undergraduate school's premedical committee evaluation, but a committee evaluation alone is not advisable.").

  6. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak
    Each school's secondary will tell you what they want in the way of LOR's. Just go by what they say they want. Some schools want only the committee letter, but others have quite specific requests i.e. 2 science, 1 non-science OR 1 bio, 1 pysics, 1 chem & 1 humanities. You can't really just decide on your own which letters to send to a specific school -- you have to give them what they ask for.
  7. Coolio30

    Coolio30 Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2002
    I think most schools require the committee letter (if you have one). In addition, I called most of the schools and they said that you can supplement it with a couple additional letters of rec.
  8. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    Thanks everyone. If that's the case, then I will go ahead and ask the professors to send in the letters because who knows how long it will take until I receive all my secondaries which will tell me exactly what they want. I just hope that I later don't find out that the school only wants the committee letter and don't accept additional letters. I hope that they won't take it against me if I do send in additional letters earlier.

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