If a department places no limit to the number of recommendation letters, how many are appropriate?

Are 5 OK? Are 7 too many?

Of course this depends on how strong the letters are - but let's assume that all of them are equally strong.

  • When asked for a specific number, 2-3 is common. Therefore, I would go with 2-3. Choose the strong ones among the 5-7 you could get (if I get you right). But this is just an opinion, therefore not an answer.
    – Mark
    Dec 19, 2017 at 20:04
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  • What country are the universities to which you are applying in? Dec 19, 2017 at 20:05
  • @astronat US universities
    – SuperHeroY
    Dec 19, 2017 at 20:05

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Go with three strong LORs like everyone else and call it good. No one needs five and seven is ridiculous.

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