CyberShot wrote:Just curious, but how much would schools care if the likes of Ed Witten, Juan Maldacena, or Gell-Mann were to write a very charming letter of recommendation for someone that's applying to a PhD program?
Would it be the equivalent of adding about .3 to your GPA?
I'm very interested in the answer.
If the letter has some substance, then it will carry a lot of weight. By substance, I mean: does the recommender know you as a researcher? If the letter is just "She/He took a class with me and passed", then it will not help you.
--How to Get Into Grad School
, tips from a current Ph.D. student