Hello, I am in the process of applying to graduate schools and most of them request either a letter of motivation or letter of intent. After looking at many examples i have noticed almost all of them start with a paragraph explaining who they are, the university they are coming from, their major and that they are interested in applying to such and such program. I want to know, is it really necessary to explicitly state these things? a lot of these letters have word limits, some very short (400 words) and i feel like this is a waste of space. I mean, most of these things are obvious or can be seen in other parts of my application. Also, is there a difference between a statement of purpose,letter of intent and letter of motivation? the examples all seem to be answering the same questions.