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In addition to academic credentials, top schools also place great weight on the quality and depth of a candidate's recommendations. We want to know more about the unique personality that is behind those grades and test scores. Reference letters from credible third-parties who can objectively evaluate your integrity and character are paramount in the evaluation process. They often play a key role in whether you are invited for a interview or offered a seat in the class.
Sadly, not every faculty member or guidance counselor has the time, energy or skill to craft an exceptional letter of recommendation. Even if someone thinks you are terrific, their best efforts might not do you justice. Successful reference letters must provide detailed examples of the exceptional features that set you apart from the crowd. The author must offer critical insight into your potential for success, along with a short discussion of your developmental areas (weaknesses). A poorly worded (or ill-conceived) letter can be the kiss of death for an otherwise well-qualified candidate.
In our work in admissions, we see reference letters every day that do nothing to enhance the applicant's candidacy. Sadly, most references are terse, ordinary documents that could have been written by anyone. They rarely open the coveted Ivy League doors. We are often asked to write (and edit) reference letters by diligent faculty members who want to do the best possible job for their students. We think everyone should have access to this service.
We offer two options for candidates who want to obtain the best reference letters possible:
1) A custom writing service for letters of recommendation for Ivy League undergraduate programs.
2) A collection of the absolute BEST reference letters for these programs that we have ever seen
45 College Recommendation Letters That Made a Difference (ISBN: 9781933819655)
Our collection of reference letters is ideal for anyone who wants to write a distinctive recommendation letter for a candidate who is applying to college. These successful letters eloquently document the candidate's strengths in the proper perspective, tone and level of detail. They convey the personal and professional traits that the committee looks for when making tough admissions decisions.
Whether you are a harried faculty member who doesn't have time to write a dozen letters or an applicant who is trying to write your own letter (and don't know where to start), these successful examples are mandatory reading to help you do the job right. They are also an excellent personal investment; your admission to college is the cornerstone of your professional future. Don't risk your chances by submitting inferior reference letters.
The publication includes the following chapters:
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Chapter 7: Top Scholars
Chapter 8: Student Leaders
Chapter 9: Candidates who are Unusually Mature
Chapter 10: Passionate about Volunteer Work
Chapter 11: Athletes, Artists, Actors, and Musicians
Chapter 12: Candidates with a Multicultural Background
Chapter 13: Letters that Document an Obstacle or Adversity
Chapter 14: Candidates who are Targeting a Specific School
Chapter 15: Candidates with Room to Grow
Chapter 16: Hall
of Shame: References That Do NOT Open Doors
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Custom Writing Service for Reference Letters
We are honored to offer a custom writing service for letters of recommendation. Our service is ideal for:
1. Well-intentioned bosses and faculty members who don't know what to say. A great letter offers a critical analysis of your strengths and weaknesses from someone who knows you well enough to make an impartial assessment. Details must reinforce and complement the information in your essays.
2. Authors whose native language is not English. The best references discuss subtle nuances of a candidate's personality and professional skills, which requires a strong proficiency with conversational English. Authors who are uncomfortable with the language tend to write less, which ultimately hurts the candidate.
3. Faculty references who don't understand the non-academic aspects of the selection process. Top-tier graduate programs attract candidates from disciplines as diverse as art history and geophysics. To gain admission to top schools, applicants must demonstrate skills beyond the scope of their undergraduate course work. Many faculty references simply say, "Sam's academic record speaks for itself." Unfortunately, this is not helpful for highly competitive schools, where leadership and interpersonal skills are as highly valued as academic success.
bosses and faculty members who don't have the time to write the letters
for you. Instead, they instruct the candidate to write his/her own letter,
which they agree to sign. This is a candidate's dream, until (s)he sits
down to write. Sadly, most applicants lack the experience to assume the
perspective and tone of someone in the recommender's position. They don't
really know what the committee expects. After viewing thousands of references,
the committee has an excellent feel for authenticity. Most letters written
by the actual candidates are embarrassingly easy to spot (and they are
the kiss of death for the applicant's admission chances).
How important is that reference? At highly selective schools, 70% of all applicants have competitive grades and test scores. A committee's decision often hinges upon an exceptional intrinsic quality that captures our interest and makes a positive impression (entrepreneurial ventures, professional success or dedication to community service). Reference letters from third parties who can document these activities can make or break an application.
If you need help writing a reference letter for yourself or an associate, we can help. Our writers are Ivy League graduates with admissions experience at top schools. We write and edit only within our respective fields of expertise (physicians write medical school references, attorneys write law school references, etc.). With our experience in admissions, we know what works and what doesn't. We will craft a letter for you that will help you stand out in the highly competitive applicant pool.
Each client will submit a detailed form that contains the information we will need to draft your letter. This includes a brief summary of your personal history, academic and professional background, and outside activities and achievements. We will notify you by e-mail when we receive your information. At this time we will:
1. request any additional
information that we will need to write your letter
We will not begin until we have all of the essential information.
1. One personal, engaging, and creative reference letter for the program of your choice (Limit: 750 words).
2. One revision of the same work at no additional charge.
3. All orders are processed within 48 hours and delivered by e-mail.
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When your payment is approved by our credit card processor, you will be directed to our downloadable questionnaire. This includes a list of personal questions that provide the necessary academic and personal information to help us draft your reference letter.
Please COMPLETE the questionnaire and return it to us immediately for prompt service. We will notify you by e-mail when we receive your information. At this time we will:
1. request any additional data we need to write your letter
2. commit to a 48-hour deadline for the return of your work
We will not begin until we have all of the essential information.