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Is it possible for a professor to write a negative letter of recommendation?

If a letter of recommendation doesn't affect the student's academic career negatively, then it's not actually a negative letter of recommendation (LOR). It is perfectly fine to add minor negative ...
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Is it possible for a professor to write a negative letter of recommendation?

Yes. Letters of recommendation are sometimes called letters of reference, to emphasise that they can contain both positive and negative remarks on person's performance, achievement and character. Most ...
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Is it possible for a professor to write a negative letter of recommendation?

tldr; Many letters have varying comments, it won't necessarily sink an application. I have written many letters and read many as part of our graduate admissions committee. I'd say that there are a ...
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Is it possible for a professor to write a negative letter of recommendation?

Sure, it's possible. If you're asked to write a letter of recommendation then it is open to you to do so, and to write a negative recommendation if you think that is warranted. In practice this is ...
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failing a lower division class - impact on grad admissions?

In the US, grad admissions is broad based. It is unlikely that any single thing is determinative. Letters of recommendation are especially important. No, I don't think you are doomed, but a failure ...
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