How long should a personal statement be?

<p>the common app wants ur statement to be 250+ words. mine is 740 (roughly two pages). is that too much? my counselor says one page, but that seems so narrow...</p>

<p>Around 500 words. 740 words is fine.</p>

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<p>There has been a lot of discussion about the length of essays.</p>

<p>Here is a recent one
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<p>740 is on the long side.</p>