cavedan Posted October 28, 2008 Share Posted October 28, 2008 Hi All, I imagine this has been asked before but I couldn't dig up an answer in the archives. Any thoughts on submitting a fourth letter of recommendation? All of my prospective programs only require three. I asked the three professors who knew my work best and could write me the strongest letters (two from my masters program, and my undergrad advisor). However, now that I look at my application package as a whole, it occurs to me that all of my letters will be "the same" - that is, all three writers are very similar scholars, traditional you might say, and will probably be speaking to my abilities in similar kinds of courses (for what it's worth, my field is new testament/early christianity). I have a fourth professor (a visiting scholar in art history/archaeology whose seminar I did very well in) who also said they would be happy to write a letter for me. While I only had one course with this professor, I think they could speak more to my interdisciplinary interests, something I allude to in my statement of purpose but don't really have room to discuss in detail. My impulse is to just submit all four letters. This way, I hope, it will not look like I couldn't find a third writer from my master's program (by including my undergrad advisor), and it also won't look like I couldn't find a third in-field professor with whom I'd done substantial work (by including a one-term visiting scholar in an adjacent field). Are there any cracks in this plan? I scoured the program websites for my schools but didn't find anything about extra letters, although it seems like the online applications will allow me to register a 4th writer. I certainly wouldn't want the extra letter to 'bump' one of the other letters without my knowing it. Your thoughts/experiences are greatly appreciated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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