Some schools are a bit flexible on how they manage their deadlines — meaning, you have to have your application submitted, but they’ve got some leniency around whether the recommendations have to be in right at the deadline or not.
Other schools? Not so much.
Obviously the real answer to “What to do if the recommendation isn’t in yet” is get your recommender to finish it but we’re 99.99999% sure you’ve been trying to do exactly that.
And you’re stressed.
What happens if that rec doesn’t get submitted in time?
First of course: SUBMIT YOUR APP ANYWAY!
There is no relationship between whether your recommendations are submitted, and whether you can submit the application. Get that puppy in!
Now let’s talk about what happens if your MBA app is completed except for one straggler letter of recommendation.
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