LORs after Sept 1

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LORs after Sept 1

Anyone know specific details on how LORs work after submitting applications? Since I won't be able to have the LORs from my aways ready before Sept 1, how do I send them to schools after they are available if I have already applied? Is there an option in ERAS to add LORs after we have applied? Do the individual school applications inside ERAS allow us to add a LOR after we have applied? Do I have to reserve a "LOR slot" prior to submitting my application for the letters I anticipate receiving?Thanks for the help.

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:50 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
FutureUroDR
You can still add LOR slots

You can still add LOR slots once you submit your application and even after you apply. When you apply on Sept 1st, you assign your LORs to programs, now those letters that are at ERAS will be uploaded and sent with your application and those that have not come in yet, lets call it Dr. X's letter, can still be assigned, but will say "has not been uploaded to ERAS yet". When Dr. X's letter comes into your schools dean's office, they will load it up to ERAS and then ERAS will kindly place that letter in the respected programs mailbox.Programs often download applications a few times each month, so if they download your application on September 3rd lets say and Dr. X's letter isn't there (but if you have assigned it, they will see that they should be getting it), and then the letter comes in and they redownload everything on Sept 29th it will update your application with Dr. X's letter.The one point I'm not clear on is if Dr. X's letter is assigned but not in ERAS yet, if programs can see that it is from Dr. X or if they just see that you have an LOR pending arrival.Hope that helps. Good luck

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What about this dilemma

FutureUroDR wrote:
You can still add LOR slots once you submit your application and even after you apply. When you apply on Sept 1st, you assign your LORs to programs, now those letters that are at ERAS will be uploaded and sent with your application and those that have not come in yet, lets call it Dr. X's letter, can still be assigned, but will say "has not been uploaded to ERAS yet". When Dr. X's letter comes into your schools dean's office, they will load it up to ERAS and then ERAS will kindly place that letter in the respected programs mailbox.Programs often download applications a few times each month, so if they download your application on September 3rd lets say and Dr. X's letter isn't there (but if you have assigned it, they will see that they should be getting it), and then the letter comes in and they redownload everything on Sept 29th it will update your application with Dr. X's letter.The one point I'm not clear on is if Dr. X's letter is assigned but not in ERAS yet, if programs can see that it is from Dr. X or if they just see that you have an LOR pending arrival.Hope that helps. Good luck
What if we have LOR pending but none have arrived by the time that we first submit ERAS. Is it better to wait to assign letter writers for each school after submission or assign them and then later let them automatically be sent to the school?The reason I ask is because I have asked for several letters and my school's dean stated that they (my school) are allowed to read the letters even if I am not allowed to read the letters and then tell me which letters are the best.  So would it be in my advantage to not assign the letters to any school before ERAS application submission, have my school read and then later assign letters to each school I applied for OR just to assign the letters and then not have my school read the letters to determine which is best?Basically it comes down to whether each school we are applying to gives out interviews based on the letter writers and/or letter itself, or do they only look at that stuff when we actually come to interview?

ToTheLeft
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I'm pretty sure your school isn't supposed to do that, because that's basically revealing the content of a letter that's meant to be confidential.  However, if that's what they're doing, then lucky you.  Not sure if it matters which you choose though and how much it will delay your application if you wait.