Mar 7, 2008, 2:57 PM
Post #176 of 336
Here are my thoughts, Sibella:
Re: [Sibella] Strategies for picking recommenders, timing
I applied to Warren Wilson recently, for the March 1 deadline. I applied in fiction.
I can't exactly say which of your recommenders would be best, but I had letters sent from an English professor from my B.A. (which I received in '04) and two workshop instructors. I did have three letters sent, just in case somebody flaked out. It remains to be seen whether it "pissed off the school," but they didn't say anything about it when I called to check up on the receipt of my materials. I assume they'll either read two and disregard the third or go ahead and read them all.
The recommendation letters and transcripts were also sent months before I sent the rest of my application, and it seems everything worked out okay, because it all ended up in my file. I did this because I applied to programs that had December and January deadlines, and I figured the recommenders would rather do everything at once. Same for the registrar -- easier to send everything at once. Warren Wilson sorted it out just fine. I guess they kept the materials together in a file, waiting for the rest of the application. I think they do this a lot, especially since they indicate that they will hang onto transcripts and recommendations for the next application deadline, if you decide to apply a second time.
Good luck to you. I say, get started early, because you may have to remind your recommenders more than once to get it all done on time. I know I did.