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    I am not sure what the outside option is, but perhaps Prof3's letter won't be all that amazing...
    I know that... but probably letters for different schools would be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohmygrades View Post
    I know that... but probably letters for different schools would be different.
    Don't count on that.

    Because letters are all done electronically, it is quite common for the same letter to go to all schools. That can be a problem if you apply to Yale after being discouraged from doing so. You're in a bit of an awkward situation with different faculty giving you different advice. If you have good relations with Prof3 you may want to say "Prof1 suggested Yale, although you discouraged it. Is that going to be a problem in terms of the letter?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by startz View Post
    Don't count on that.

    Because letters are all done electronically, it is quite common for the same letter to go to all schools. That can be a problem if you apply to Yale after being discouraged from doing so. You're in a bit of an awkward situation with different faculty giving you different advice. If you have good relations with Prof3 you may want to say "Prof1 suggested Yale, although you discouraged it. Is that going to be a problem in terms of the letter?"
    Actually I said that and Prof3 agreed to write a letter for Yale. But obviously this letter will not be strong. It seems like that those schools will ask letter writers to rank me, and likely I will not get the highest one.

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    The issue is whether Prof3 would write a stronger letter if it weren't going to Yale. Not something you really have much control over.

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