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Grad Admissions: Academic Letter of Recommendation!

Leigh25 Leigh25 (New) New

Hey there! I'm in the process of researching grad programs (FNP/Adult Health NP) and I'm hoping to apply for 2012 if I can pull everything together. I graduated from college 2 years ago and all programs require academic references. I was a decent student, but not necessarily one that a professor would remember strengths, weaknesses, etc.

I'm concerned that if I ask someone who doesn't really know me well, the result will be a generic and uninfluential letter. So I contacted one professor who knew me on a more personal level, as well as in the classroom, and he is willing to write one. He has a Master's degree, but I recall that he frequently used poor grammar and I have no idea what a letter by him would be like. :confused:

Also, some programs require 2 academic references. So should I still contact professors who may not even recognize my name? This is a little awkward.

Any advice on this? Thank you, kindly.

linearthinker, DNP, RN

Specializes in FNP. Has 25 years experience.

Call the schools you are interested in applying to and ask them. When I was applying, I completed all my apps to the letter of the law, exactly as requested. I still got questions like "Why didn't you send us a letter from a nurse colleague?" Um, Cause you didn't ask for one? The director of admission to the specific programs can give you the best advice. I found them consistently helpful at every school I looked into. Good luck.