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Do College Recommendations from VIPs Carry Clout?

Question: Do letters of recommendation sent to a college's president or dean of admissions from senators, congressmen, etc. boost one's chances of acceptance?

There's an old saying in admission offices that goes like this: "The thicker the folder, the thicker the kid." In other words, admission officials--especially at the most competitive colleges--are accustomed to seeing candidates who drum up support from wherever they think it might help, and application folders become weighty with unsolicited letters of recommendation. So do these letters actually help ... or can they possibly even hurt?

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