Streamlining the LOR Process
One of the biggest pain points for applicants in the MBA application process has been asking managers to fill out multiple recommendations, which deters the applicants from applying to more schools. For recommenders, completing multiple letters of recommendation can also be a stressful experience. Not being able to spend enough time on each letter leads to less thoughtful and insightful recommendations. To address these challenges, GMAC has been working with a group of leading business schools to help reduce the burden of asking for — and submitting — letters of recommendation. The goal is to make life easier for MBA applicants and recommenders, as well as provide better insights for schools.
The Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is a recommendation form developed with the goal of saving recommenders and alumni valuable time by providing a single, common set of questions. The questions remain embedded in each participating school’s existing application system, so it requires few significant changes.
Some key benefits of the Common LOR:
- Provides deeper insights into the candidacy of applicants by capturing the best practices from leading programs and leveraging the latest science in executive evaluation
- Offers potential for expanding prospective student pipeline and having more applications by making it easier for applicants to ask for multiple LORs
- Frees up valuable time for recommenders and allow them to dedicate focus and energy to craft a more robust and insightful letter
While GMAC is supporting this initiative, it is the business schools who are leading the effort, with GMAC helping to convene, gather information from industry experts, and solicit input from candidates from around the globe.
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Who's Using LOR?
Schools Using the Common LOR Form
(If your school is not listed, please contact your school to find out if they use the Common LOR form)
- Asia School of Business - in collaboration with MIT Sloan Management
Boston College - Carroll School of Management
Boston University - Questrom School of Business
Brandeis International Business School
Carnegie Melon - Tepper School of Business
College of William & Mary - Mason School of Business
Cornell University - SC Johnson School of Business
- Dartmouth University - Tuck School of Business
Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business
Emory University - Goizueta Business School
Fudan University - School of Management
Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
Indian School of Business
- New York University - Stern School of Business
Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim’s School of Business
- Notre Dame - Mendoza School of Business
PennState University - SMEAL College of Business
RICE University Jones Graduate School of Business
Sabanci University - Sabanci School of Management
- Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business
- Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business
- Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business
The College of New Jersey
The University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business
UC Davis Graduate School of Management
UCI Paul Merage School of Business
UCLA Anderson School of Management
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
- University of Florida - Warrington College of Business
University of Georgia - Terry College of Business
- University of Kansas School of Business
University of Michigan - Ross School of Business
University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
University of Rochester - Simon Business School
University of San Francisco - School of Management
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
Vanderbilt - Owen Graduate School of Management
Washington University in St. Louis - Olin Business School
Yale School of Management
How to Participate
Schools are welcome to try the new form for the admissions cycle. The Common LOR is available to use free of charge by any program around the globe. Participating programs can customize the Common LOR to accommodate any unique questions required by the programs.
The Common LOR is available to use for free by any program around the globe. Participating programs can customize the Common LOR to accommodate questions required by the programs.
Common LOR Sample Instructions
If you would like to learn more and are interested in participating, please complete the form below:
Common LOR Sections
Section 1: Personal Information About the Recommender
Section 2: Leadership Assessment Grid
The grid is comprised of 12 competencies and character traits that contribute to successful leadership. The competencies and character traits are grouped into five categories:
- Personal Qualities
- Cognitive Abilities
Section 3: Recommendation Questions (Open-ended Questions for Recommenders)
- Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.
- How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
- Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
- Is there anything else we should know? (Optional)
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