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Recommendation Letters for 50-something Grad School Applicant

Question: Thanks for this site. I am in my early 50´s and am intending to return to grad school (in Composition), perhaps at a major university. What type of recommendation letters will they expect from me?

Congrats to you on your plans to return to school. However, your question about recommendations is one that you will have to ask at each university to which you reply, because the answer can vary from school to school. I’m in my 50’s, too (although about to move out of them :-() and I know that most of my undergraduate profs and deans are now retired … or worse. So it would be impossible to track down anyone from that era who could write in my support. If you haven’t taken any colleges classes as a “grown up,” you may be in a similar spot.

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