I feel like I need to make it 700 or something for it to be optimal...</p>
<p>Is this a final draft? If so, and you've already made sure that every piece of your essay is valuable and to the point, there's nothing wrong with an essay that falls short of the standard 500-word guideline. But if this is pre-edit, you may find that your ideas can be condensed, in which case you'll be left with an itty bitty essay indeed.</p>
<p>Wasn't there something like the 76-word essay that got into Yale?</p>
<p>this is pre-edit.</p>
<p>the common app requires at least 250 words, so I don't see how 76 words got someone anywhwere, but i think the optimal range is 500-750 words, Longer if it adds to the piece, and shorter if what you have already expresses everything you want to say.</p>
Yah I was wondering how 76 words worked...
Ok thank you thewikiman</p>
<p>Off topic: Speaking of short essays, I just read the world's shortest essay.
Prompt: An English creative writing class was asked to write a concise essay containing the following elements: 1. Religion 2. Royalty 3. Sex 4. Mystery</p>
<p>Winner: "My God," said the Queen, "I'm pregnant. I wonder who the father is."</p>
hahaha that's good. very concise indeed.</p>