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Recommendation from Brown Faculty

BiochemHopefulBiochemHopeful Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
Can anyone shed insight on to what extent a decent letter of recommendation from a Brown professor would have on my early decision application?

Replies to: Recommendation from Brown Faculty

  • bruno14bruno14 Registered User Posts: 2,051 Senior Member
    Depends on how well the professor knows you. If it's a family friend who's never seen you in an academic setting, it'll have very little impact. If it's someone you took a 3-week course with and barely talked to, very little impact. If you've been working in their lab for the past two years, it'll have a lot of impact. In general, supplemental letters of recommendation should always contain things that no other letter would be able to say about you.
  • BiochemHopefulBiochemHopeful Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    @bruno14 Let's say it is, in fact,it is a relationship from a three week course where one had close relationship in that amount of time and preformed well academically? In addition, one went to an office hour and talked for a significant amount of time about life in general and perceptions of the world with said professor?
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN Registered User Posts: 3,029 Senior Member
    A letter like that would be good to have. However, individual professors typically do not have much power over the admissions office. But a good letter from the prof who knows you from an academic setting would be a nice addition to your application.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown Posts: 8,256 Forum Champion
    edited August 2015
    no, that's not that helpful. The prof still barely knows you.
  • bruno14bruno14 Registered User Posts: 2,051 Senior Member
    Agreed. As much as you may have talked to the prof, it's only a three-week program, and they aren't going to be able to say that much about you. Whether or not it's a Brown prof makes no difference, they still want letters that are actually going to have an impact.
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