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Will I Be Penalized if My Counselor Sends My Recommendation Late?

Question: I am applying Early Decision to UPenn. I am using the Common App. My HS counselor says it's all right for her to submit her recommendation letter after the Nov. 1 deadline. But don't the universities wait to have the complete application before they even consider it? Thanks

Colleges won’t penalize students if materials being sent by others (e.g., references from guidance counselors, teachers, etc.) arrive a little bit after the deadline. But if that stuff shows up more than a week late, it could mean than an application folder is stuck back on the shelf to gather dust rather than read when it’s supposed to be, which could work against the candidate.

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