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Going over word limit for the Princeton Supplement

WhenWillAppsEndWhenWillAppsEnd 1 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
I'm a little confused about the official word limit. It says on the Princeton website that the short responses should be around 150 words. However, when I google it, everyone says don't go over 250 words. If one response is around 220 and the other is 240, is it alright?
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  • rickle1rickle1 1813 replies14 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    The purpose of "short word" prompts is to see how concise you can express your ideas with impact. I've always found them to be more challenging as editing is king.
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  • PublisherPublisher 7582 replies79 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Princeton is looking for clear & concise responses. In my opinion, 220 words is too far above the suggested 150 word limit.
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  • BKSquaredBKSquared 1262 replies4 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am not sure if you can even go over the word limit in the Common App without triggering some prompt/regulator. Even at 200 words, you are 33% over the limit. The red flags you will raise for being over a specific instruction outweigh any benefit of those extra words. What you have written at much more than 150 words is not what Princeton (or any highly selective) is looking for.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33093 replies358 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ Even if the CA lets it through, a college can limit the number of words in its download.

    OP, don't mess with this. One of the things they like is the ability to self edit. And not assuming you can write ad infinitum, just cuz it satisfied you.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 37814 replies2063 postsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Have you heard this quote? "I would have written a shorter speech if I'd had more time." :)
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  • rickle1rickle1 1813 replies14 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ perfect
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  • WhenWillAppsEndWhenWillAppsEnd 1 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Wow. Thank you to everyone that responded. Yeah, cutting things down is really a problem I need to work on. Time to edit haha
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