a month ago
Admissions Advice

When are do my recommenders have to send letters by?

Can they send it after the EA/ED deadline ?


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a month ago

I am not sure if this is correct but I was told by my guidance counselor that there is a two-week leniency period after the early application deadline. I think they do this to allow for recommenders to finish up their letters because they understand that teachers and counselors need to write letters for dozens of students on top of their normal day-to-day school duties. I hope this helps :).

a month ago

Hi there,

I agree with @junebug here in that every college is different. But, most schools do have a grace period and your recommenders should be getting notifications when their letters are close to being due.

You can always check in with your recommenders in person or send them a friendly and polite follow-up email asking when you should expect to have your portal updated with a submitted rec letter. Just keep in mind that they might be scrambling to finish a bunch of letters, so keep your email brief and kind.

Teachers and counselors do this every year on top of their day-to-day duties, planning finals, and the busy upcoming holiday season. Chances are, they've been successful at getting all student letters in the past and this year will be no different - though your concern is valid :)

Hope this helps and best of luck!

a month ago[edited]

MOST schools have a grace period. Some (e.g. U Mich) are very explicit about not accepting letters/materials after the deadline. Just make sure you know what your school requires.


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