One of my references still hasn't submitted the LOR for most of the schools. Anyone else in the same situation?
If you have doubts the letter will come in soon, any chance there's another reference you think you can add in quickly as a replacement?
If you're already a couple/few weeks behind some of the deadlines, I'd think you really ought to wrap this up as quickly as possible one way or another. Get the letter in from the original writer by nagging, or find a backup.
Do you have his phone number? I would call instead of emailing him to make the outreach a bit more personal. Just try to convey to him in as polite a manner as possible that you have invested a fair amount of time and money into the application process and want its review to go as smoothly as possible.
^ Bad advice. Disregard.
The truth is, letters are late ALL the time. Professors are busy people and adcoms know that how lateness is NOT in the control of the applicant (for the most part). They will accomodate.
I was worried about this three years ago in my cycle and everything worked out.
Thanks for clearing that up Zubrus. It's good to know that everything worked out for you in the end.
@brodroski It's not very hard to write a crappy letter so it does give me some comfort that he is replying to my emails and lets me know that he is trying to get it done. Its possible he is just very busy or thinks the informal deadline is early january.
Nevertheless, I don't see what the harm would be in adding a backup letter (if that's feasible in your situation), say at least for schools that have the infrastructure set up for requesting more than 3 letters. In these cases, you wouldn't even need to bump your slow writer officially, and you can keep whichever one comes in first. At least you have the option, and you're protected against a *very* late letter. This of course is contingent on the ability to still edit your references in closed apps, so maybe a bad assumption to start.
I don't know, if possible, it seems like relatively costless insurance to me. But weigh against what you think you can realistically expect from your writer at this point.
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