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Which letter service? Interfolio/Virtual Evals?

Daydreamer2008

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Hi all,
I went to UC schools (Cali) and none had a pre-med committee, so this year I used my school letter service (UCLA) but ended up spending A LOT of money on letters ($25/school for expedited service b/c my school was RIDICULOUSLY slow in sending letters using the normal service).

Now for potential reapplication, I am thinking about switching to VirtualEvals--but the letter writers have to submit the letters directly to them right? Or Interfolio--how fast/how much is this service? Or use my undergrad-UC Berkeley-which was cheaper and faster when I used it for grad school apps.

Anyone have any advice?
Thanks!
 

A Tree

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Hi all,
I went to UC schools (Cali) and none had a pre-med committee, so this year I used my school letter service (UCLA) but ended up spending A LOT of money on letters ($25/school for expedited service b/c my school was RIDICULOUSLY slow in sending letters using the normal service).

Now for potential reapplication, I am thinking about switching to VirtualEvals--but the letter writers have to submit the letters directly to them right? Or Interfolio--how fast/how much is this service? Or use my undergrad-UC Berkeley-which was cheaper and faster when I used it for grad school apps.

Anyone have any advice?
Thanks!

Someone correct me if I am wrong but I believe Virtualevals is only for advisors/pre-professional offices to submit letters to the school. So Interfolio would be the one for you. Don't know if there is another service along the same lines to compete with Interfolio.
 

JennyB

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Hi all,
I went to UC schools (Cali) and none had a pre-med committee, so this year I used my school letter service (UCLA) but ended up spending A LOT of money on letters ($25/school for expedited service b/c my school was RIDICULOUSLY slow in sending letters using the normal service).

Now for potential reapplication, I am thinking about switching to VirtualEvals--but the letter writers have to submit the letters directly to them right? Or Interfolio--how fast/how much is this service? Or use my undergrad-UC Berkeley-which was cheaper and faster when I used it for grad school apps.

Anyone have any advice?
Thanks!

I did the same thing - I paid the expedited rate and it definitely added up quickly! If you know you're going to apply, why don't you just use UCLA's system again, but do it earlier? That would probably be better than trying to use another service. Doesn't it look better if you use your school's service?
 
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