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Recommendation letter from multiple sources?

kiko1860kiko1860 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited November 8 in College Admissions
I didn't have very strong contact with many professors during my undergraduate degree, and it's been very difficult to find 3 professors who are willing to write recommendation letters.
I was, however, the president of a club with two other team members of executive level (secretary and treasurer). I am considering having ONE of my recommendation letters be from BOTH of these team members, as I think it would be unique and help me to stand out to admissions people. The letter will of course be professionally written and not "from friends", rather from coworkers/associates.
Any thoughts on this? Is it unique like I'm hoping, or is it just unprofessional?

Replies to: Recommendation letter from multiple sources?

  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,663 Forum Champion
    Look closely at the requirements for the LORs. If teacher recommendations are required then that is what you must provide. If a non-academic LOR is acceptable I would have it come from the faculty advisor of the club rather than from your peers (unless a peer recommendation is specifically allowed).
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,257 Senior Member
    Depending on the kind of graduate program you are applying to, you might be able to have a work supervisor provide an LOR. But the simple fact is that you are going to have to track down the number of academic LORs that are required.
  • kiko1860kiko1860 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I can't find any requirements for the LORs on my school's website, so I just assumed any source was alright. Is it normal that only academic LORs are allowed?
  • 3puppies3puppies Registered User Posts: 1,587 Senior Member
    Don't assume. Don't be afraid to contact the school to clarify that question.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 29,448 Senior Member
    Club folks can speak to your academic/classroom, research, and thinking skills.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,257 Senior Member
    Get clarification. Normally academic letters are expected, but his varies by program. For example, MBA programs will often require letters from work supervisors.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 29,448 Senior Member
    [email protected] club members can't speak to those skills.
    Sorry
  • kiko1860kiko1860 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Thanks everyone, I got clarification from the school and non-academic letters are accepted! I've managed to sort out my academic sources, now all that's left is the peer recommendation. I think because of the nature of the work we did, they can speak to my thinking skills, professional writing, leadership and commitment. I hope this will be enough for admissions! :)
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