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Maximum Length of Common App Essay?

alwysgraceful03alwysgraceful03 Posts: 372Registered User Member
edited July 2010 in College Essays
Hey guys, what's the maximum word limit for the common application essay? It says, 'Please write an essay (250 words minimum) on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below.' Is 1,000 words just too long?
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Replies to: Maximum Length of Common App Essay?

  • Alt_F4Alt_F4 Posts: 216Registered User Junior Member
    No designated limit, but 1,000 words is really long. Unless they're 1,000 fantastic words that are translating into a fantastic story that will hold the admissions officer's attention for that long, it's too much.

    I'm sure some people have gotten in with a 1,000, but the admissions people are reading a lot of apps and will not want to read something of that length.

    It is said the optimal number is around 500, give or take a hundred. Try cutting out the fluff and you'll find yourself with a trimmer, more straightforward essay. Unecessary grammatical decorations, for one.
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