Essay too short = problem?

<p>My Stanford long essay is now only 2,150 characters... I'm going to add a bit to the end so it will probably end up being around 3,000 characters. But they give us 5,100 characters!!! So is 3,000 too short? If the essay is pretty strong, would a shorter essay hurt? Or might it even help? Any input would be greatly appreciated!</p>