I got a query from one of the student stating that “I completed my graduation in May 2011. Wanna know whether the recommendations from my professors valid now. If valid, Will be there be any validity kind of stuff carried out by the University for that? Since I have not talked them as of now, was curious to know? ” So in this post I will focus on the Validity for your LOR’s.
Answer From Admin: –
The Letters of Recommendations from your Professors are always valid no matter when you have completed your Engineering or Under-Graduate Degree. For Applying to any University you require your Professors LOR as it will play a major role during your application review by the Admission Review Committee of the University.
In this case as you have completed your Engineering in the year 2011 and if you are working in some organization afterwards then you can take 2 LOR’s from your professors and 1 LOR from your immediate supervisor in the company. This is in case the University requires 3 LOR’s. If the University requires only 2 LOR’s then you can give 1 LOR of your Professor and 1 from your immediate supervisor in the company. Professors LOR carry a lot of importance during your admission review.
Validity Of Letters Of Recommendation (LOR): –
I had discussed about this few months ago. Please go through this link first: How Long Is My LOR Valid. I will be explaining it again below. Here’s how you can Validate your Letters Of Recommendation: –
Since nowadays Online LOR is considered in most of Universities, the Universities require the student to give the Recommenders official College/Company Email Address. That is if you are giving your professors name as a Recommender, you must provide the official college email address of your professor. Same goes for your supervisor of the company, you must provide the official company email address of your supervisor to the University. If you are unaware of what this Online LOR is then please go through this link: Overview On Online LOR.
What to do if my Professor does not have an Official Email Address?
It happens that professors might not have an official college email address. In that case to ensure the validity of the LOR you must do the following things: –
- Provide the normal email address of the Professor to the University.
- Print the LOR that your professor will be giving it to the University under your college Letterhead. Take the professors signature and the college stamp in that LOR.
- Take the scan of that LOR and give it to the Professor.
- When filling the online LOR the Professor will have the option to either write about you or upload the document. In that, request your professor to upload the scanned copy of the LOR. If professor has an official email address then please request your professor to upload only the normal word document of your LOR.
To Conclude: –
If your professor has the official email address then your professor just needs to upload the word document of your LOR or can write about you in the space provided. If your professor does not have an official email address then you need to take the print out of your LOR under college letterhead, take the signature and stamp and provide the scanned copy of LOR to your professors, so that they can upload it.
This is how you can ensure validity of your LOR. Because if University thinks the LOR is not a valid, then it might reject that LOR altogether. So it’s up to you to ensure validity of the LOR as I mentioned above.