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i did not waive my right for recommendation letters.

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Dianars Just gettin' started! Default Avatar
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i did not waive my right for recommendation letters. Post Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:12 am

I have recently applied to the Georgetown University and GWU University.
I marked that I did not want to waive my right for my LOR's out of the pure curiosity.

will this be a complete detriment to the application process? I am kind of freaking out now because there are mixed answers on the internet and I dont know what to do or think...ahh!

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hk MBA Student
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Post Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:23 am
hi Diana, I have never come across such a right or a waiver of it. Can you please elaborate on what this waiver is about? Is it waiving your right to present LORs to adcoms?

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Dianars Just gettin' started! Default Avatar
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Post Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:22 am
on the recommendation forms that you submit to your recommendors, federal law states that you have the right to read the recommendations after they are written and submitted. recommendation forms give you the option to waive your right, so that you can never see what recommendors write.

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Post Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:53 am
HK, This is something that only US schools ask, as part of some freedom of information act...

Dianars, I believe that this could send a signal that you are being dishonest or hiding something; but if nothing else looks fishy or exaggerated in your application then it won't raise any red flags by itself.


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Post Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:02 pm
Unfortunately, it is not good to not have waived your right (my apologies for the awkwardly worded sentence!). I am surprised that anyone would tell you otherwise.

Of course, this doesn't mean you won't be admitted, but, conventional wisdom is that a recommender may not be completely honest if he/she knows that you will have the right to read his/her recommendation. It then follows that an Adcom may not take the recommendation as seriously. However, when you waive your right, there is no incentive for the recommender to embelish and the recommendation will seem more credible to the Adcom.

I realize that there is nothing you can do about it now, but, in the future (or for other prospective applicants reading this), you can always ask the recommender to give you a verbal idea of what they intend to write. Some may happily give you a copy anyway. And, you should never ask anyone to recommend you if you are even "curious" what they would say - you should only ask for recommendations from people you are sure will write that you are outstanding.

Best of luck to you!!

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