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Recommender Won't Submit Letter

SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
edited February 12 in College Admissions
Hi all,
I asked a recommender for a letter in January, and he wrote back saying he would write it on the 17th. I added him to the Common App and everything, but he hasn't yet
uploaded the letter. I reminded him last week and got no answer. The more concerning part is he actually wrote a recommendation last year when I initially applied for transfer, so the letter is written. They are due in a few weeks, so I have time. However, I'm still a little concerned. Any thoughts?
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Replies to: Recommender Won't Submit Letter

  • mohammadmohd18mohammadmohd18 Registered User Posts: 327 Member
    You reminded him...how? This is kind of important--I'd go and physically talk to him. An e-mail won't suffice.
  • AroundHereAroundHere Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    Sometimes the letter has been saved in the common app but not submitted, so be sure to discuss the problem politely. The recommender may honestly think it was done.
  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @mohammadmohd18 unfortunately he doesn't teach here anymore.
  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @AroundHere since he does not teach at my school anymore, I sent him an email politely asking about the status of my letter.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 682 Member
    Wow, this is an unusual circumstance. Were you on good terms prior to his departure? Try to track him down and let him know you need it now. Anyone in their right mind will try to come thru for you.
  • paveyourpathpaveyourpath Registered User Posts: 1,026 Senior Member
    Start contemplating plan B. You don't want to have to drop this request on someone at the last minute in case he doesn't come through for you. Sometimes things work out for the best. Have you had much interaction (class, research, etc) with this individual in the last year such that he could update the letter to make it current? You don't want to submit a stale recommendation as it doesn't speak to what you have been doing for the past year. This may be the hold up or the reluctance because he can't just submit a year old recommendation.
  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @preppedparent we were on very good terms, and I did a research project with him.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 682 Member
    Put your energy into finding him.
  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @paveyourpath he said he would, though. And up until last may we interacted a great deal.
  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @preppedparent thanks, will do!
  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @preppedparent I'm a little scared he's gonna get pissed off if I keep asking.
  • otoribashiotoribashi Registered User Posts: 351 Member
    im going through the exact same problem

    my recommender stopped teaching here a semester ago so i cant ask him physically but ive sent two emails now (2 weeks inbetween) and he still hasnt responded

    we were on very good terms, last time we messaged each other was 3 months ago.

    im freaking out because i dont have anyone else to ask for that letter of rec, i havent had that great of a connection/bond w/ any other professors besides the other one im already asking a letter for (need 2 letters).

    i have his phone number but that was because it was necessary for another application about a year ago, but i dont want to call him since officially it wasn't given to me for the purpose of contacting him, and it might seem creepy to know that i saved it without permission...dont want to annoy him either and leave a bad taste in case he does end up writing it.

  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @otoribashi sorry to hear this. At least we both know what its like! I think things will work out for the best! Where are you applying to if you don't mind me asking (I also need 2 letters)?
  • Byrdie12Byrdie12 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    @seinfeldfan1 not sure why someone you would ask for a recommendation would not be responsible and send your recommendation. Send the recommendation to him that he did for you last year (change the date), and give him instructions (as a reminder) to upload letter.
  • SeinfeldFan1SeinfeldFan1 Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    @Byrdie12 I'm not sure how I would though because it was confidential on the common app and I waived my right.
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