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Will an Extra Recommendation from Dad’s Friend Help Admission Odds?

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A friend of my dad's knows the dean of the business school where I'm applying and offered to put in a good word for me. First of all, will that help or hurt me? And second, what exactly would he even say to them in his recommendation? "I know someone you should admit?" That feels a little bit awkward.

You will want to tread carefully when padding your application with unsolicited recommendations. Such extra letters probably won't help, and might even hurt. Sometimes it can seem to admission committees that desperate candidates are seeking favors from family friends or vague acquaintances who really don't know them at all.

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