Length of Common App Essay

<p>It says 500 words, but I'm sure it doesn't have to be exactly 500 words. How long is too long?</p>

<p>much more than 700 is starting to get a little long. However, if it takes you a bit more than that to get your point accross it's okay.</p>

<p>Don't go much over say 900 words. My essays were about 850.</p>

<p>Really??? Mine is only at 600 words. I thought I would have to cut it down to get it to under 550... Are you sure that I am okay?</p>

<p>yep...got into most of my colleges that way.</p>

<p>How about a college's personal essay? My cousin desperately wants to go to Northeastern and is finding that 500 words aren't enough for her essay. Is it okay to go over the limit for a school's own application too, as long as it's just controlled and to further develop a point?</p>

<p>As long as it is necessary to the point, it's fine.</p>