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    RyanMed is offline Junior Member 511 points
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    Is applying with only 1 science prof LOR possible?

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    I'm in a bit of a dilema. I submitted my application awhile ago for the May 2011 term. I was able to get a LOR right away from a chem prof and my premedical advisor. I honestly thought I only need 2 LOR's TOTAL.. (when applying online there are only TWO LOR names that are allowed to be typed in). There was also a bit of a problem with AUC receiving the LOR from my premed advisor.. so they contacted me saying "we are now just waiting on the premed advisor LOR"

    Earlier this week MEAS contacted me saying the premed LOR came and now all they needed was 1 more science prof LOR. (Why was this not mentioned when I talked to them previously??) My problem is that I graduated 3 years ago and can't even think of a professor who may remember me at this point. I've sent out emails to a few teachers this week hoping for a miracle. I doubt it would be a very good LOR even if they were to agree.

    Anyways, I guess the question is.. has anyone else here had a similar problem and was allowed to submit their application with only 1 LOR from a science prof and 1 from a premed advisor?
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    I'm applying as well and thought all that was required was an advisor LOR and any additional professor LOR's were optional. Is that not correct? What about a physician LOR??

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    RyanMed is offline Junior Member 511 points
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    I believe the premed advisor LOR is optional. The 2 LOR's from teachers is required.

    Good news - I reached out and was able to get an old prof to write me one! How bad would it have been after all this work to not even get to finalize my app because I couldn't get that last LOR!?

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    MEAS requires 2 LOR's from SCIENCE professors. They are kind of sticklers on this issue. I would know, as I was in your guys' situation when I applied.

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    CRAP...I'm in the same position as RyanMed although I've been out of school longer

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    Good luck. I hope you guys get the LORs you need to apply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruth-gehrig View Post
    CRAP...I'm in the same position as RyanMed although I've been out of school longer

    It might be good to start with something like, "You might not remember me, but..." and then explain your LOR conundrum. End it by saying something like "I'd love to have the opportunity to get re-acquainted with you, update you on how hard I've been working, and perhaps you'd then feel confident in writing me a letter of recommendation."

    It worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GQ_Doc View Post
    It might be good to start with something like, "You might not remember me, but..." and then explain your LOR conundrum. End it by saying something like "I'd love to have the opportunity to get re-acquainted with you, update you on how hard I've been working, and perhaps you'd then feel confident in writing me a letter of recommendation."

    It worked for me.
    It just worked for me too! However, I only met with this prof once in my life and theres no way he remembers me. I told him how i was notified last minute that I needed 1 more LOR... he had it submitted to interfolio within hours of me contacting him. He must really be a super cool guy. Don't know how great the letter could have been, but I did really well in 2 of the classes that he taught.

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