I have some questions on Cornell's college specific essay world length. I realize that they ask you to stick to 500 words (which I originally thought I'd have trouble getting to!). But, I wrote out the essay for the College of Arts and Sciences, and I talked about why I loved the two feilds I had chosen to study, and how CAS would help me understand them better. Sounds good, right? Well, it started at 700 words when I was done. After trimming the fat off of it, I got it down to ~650. However, I fear I can not condense it more with out seriously compromising the integrity of the writing-- I'll start sounding like a 2nd grader, writing in simple sentences.
My question is, for those of you that are done, how long is yours? Is 650 pushing it?