500...days of summer? Nah, just kidding. 500 words?!

<p>Hi guys!! I know this time of the year everyone's busy doing their Commonapp. (Trust me, so am I).
SO, I had a question (one out of many, it seams). Does anyone know for sure if the 500 word on the personal statement is a cap, or just a recommendation?</p>

<p>I read somewhere that Common App now says it is required no longer recommended as it was for a couple years.</p>

<p>^I have no idea where your read that. It's a recommendation, and you can write essays that are +500 words if you want.</p>

<p>I saw the same thing collegehelp1 did. I thought it's now required...</p>

<p>I found this in the Common App support center:</p>

<p>"Because the essay is an uploaded document, the online system cannot enforce a word count. Nonetheless, applicants are expected to adhere to the instructions specifying a range of 250-500 words. Since this essay must be uploaded, the file cannot exceed 500 KB in size and should be in .doc, .docx, .wpd, .rtf, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, or .txt format."</p>

<p>Thanks everyone!</p>

<p>And MW: that makes sense! </p>

<p>Also, what about attaching a resume? Does anyone know where one would do that? And if we attach one, how exactly do we still fill out the commonapp stuff without being redundant?</p>