Columbia Supplemental Essay Word Count

On one of my supplemental essays for Columbia, my word count is at 245 (limit is 200). Will the common app allow me to submit slightly over word count or is the limit strictly at 200 or less?

If Columbia’s limit is 200 words, don’t go over that amount.


245 is not slightly more than 200. Edit it down.


If you try to put it into the form, it will simply cut off at the 200th word.


no it will not allow for more, at least last year.

A famous quote I like (attributed to different people so I’m not sure who really said it): “I would have written a shorter speech if I’d had more time to prepare.” If they’re asking for 200 words max, don’t go over that limit.

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