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Duplication in recommendation letters

tomm6745tomm6745 Registered User Posts: 22 Junior Member
2 of my recommenders used the expression "your undergraduate program"

How bad is it?

Replies to: Duplication in recommendation letters

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 39,511 Super Moderator
    Not bad at all.
  • tomm6745tomm6745 Registered User Posts: 22 Junior Member
    more accurately its "recommend the admission of X to your undergraduate program"
    Still the same?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 39,511 Super Moderator
    edited December 2018
    Still the same?
    Yes. I would suggest you stop dissecting their LoRs; you'll make yourself crazy. The AOs are certainly not going to microanalyze them.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 35,790 Senior Member
    What is your concern? This is silly. Lots of stock phrases are used in LORs. You should be more concerned if the school knows you have seen them; they may assume that the LOR writers might not be honest knowing you have seen the letters.
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,677 Senior Member
    The worst possible outcome is that Harvard could suspect that one recommender was plagiarizing the work of the other. This is pretty far fetched but, even if it came to this, it doesn't reflect on you. That is, unless you wrote two identical letters yourself and asked the recommenders to simply sign them and send them in, in which case you've made a pretty serious mistake.
  • compmomcompmom Registered User Posts: 10,051 Senior Member
    This is absolutely not anything to worry about. This is like saying "to whom it may concern" is plagiarism. Why do you have the letters? If you find yourself reallyanxious about applications, you can always talk to someone. It can be really helpful during this difficult year. Hoping you have some other great schools that you are excited about.
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