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4.5.6 What kinds of materials should I provide my recommenders?

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Professors are great people, but they tend to be pretty out of it where deadlines are concerned. Also, most professors are going to be writing tons of recommendations, and we can’t expect them to keep track of everything, or, virtually anything, really. So here’s what we suggest:

Prepare a manila envelope for each of your recommenders. On the front, write your name, and each of the institutions to which you are applying, along with the deadlines for each school in BIG letters. In the envelope, include:

• Your transcript (an unofficial copy is fine, just print out your registrar grades page)
• Copies of the recommendation forms for each school (if they have paper forms)
• Envelopes with stamps and printed labels for each school (make sure to get the addresses right!)
• A cover letter, listing the entire above contents of the folder, along with the deadlines for the schools again, and instructions if they must submit their recommendations for some schools via the web.

Or, you can simply .zip up these electronic files (.pdf files often work best) and send them to your professor.

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January 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

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