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"Why Penn?" essay length

laodiceanlaodicean Registered User Posts: 538 Member
Hey guys.
My Why Penn essay is 740 words, but I managed to squeeze it all onto one page.
Do you think this is okay?
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Replies to: "Why Penn?" essay length

  • loldanielolloldanielol Registered User Posts: 534 Member
    Umm...that's way too long I believe.
  • hardworking21hardworking21 Registered User Posts: 840 Member
    No. The requirement is 500 words, approx 1 page. That means, it should be around 500 words AND fit on one page (some kids want to double space, which doesn't work either). You need to cut back...I'd say be between 500-520, MAX, and all on one page.
  • konradpawlakkonradpawlak Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    So should it be single spaced, then?

    My essay is a solid 485 words so it's 2 pages double spaced. Single-spaced it's a page, but I'm afraid that it'll be rough on the eyes if it's single spaced.

    What do you think I should do- singe or double space it?
  • pennformepennforme Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    PENN does not care if you single or double space the essays. You should stick to 550 words at a max no matter how many spaces or lines it takes.
  • CPUscientist3000CPUscientist3000 Registered User Posts: 5,450 Senior Member
    You can also 1.5 space it, if that helps.
  • hoiboyhoiboy Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    550 words is a good limit. Anything more than that and the essay gets boring.
  • hardworking21hardworking21 Registered User Posts: 840 Member
    @konradpawlak: I think I did 1.15 spacing with 12 pts. space in-between paragraphs. It fit comfortable on one page (I had roughly 516 words) with nice spacing in between. I'd recommend keeping it to 1 page as it says "approximately 500 words, 1 page"
  • gsong94gsong94 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Don't worry about word limits. Mine was 720-ish and my friend's was even longer but we both got in. Just give them a good essay.
  • fini52fini52 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    agreed. if people read this..
    mine was probably around 700 and it was fine :)
    plus if you write a really great essay i'm sure they'll enjoy reading it instead of counting words :p
  • sarahchusarahchu Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Yeah, don't worry too much about the word count. Just try not to have unnecessary words/phrases/sentences and try and be as concise as possible. If you go over the limit, but each sentence really adds to the essay and gives the adcom a really good idea of what type of person you are, then it really doesn't matter. :)
  • cohobucaswcohobucasw Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    Just another question about essays...
    Does Penn appreciate creative responses to the "Why Penn" prompt? I have a relatively straightforward essay but I formatted it differently to spice it up. Am I better off just leaving it plain? What about the optional personal essay?
    I guess I'm just kinda worried that my essay won't stand out enough... I feel like it comes off as genuine but not mind-blowing...
  • laodiceanlaodicean Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    My best advice is to make everything on your application best represent who you are. If you are someone who writes plainly and candidly, I would write your essays that way (but not boring). If you are extremely creative, then write all your essays that way. Don't mold yourself to suit the admissions game. Be yourself because that's the person your best at being.
  • cohobucaswcohobucasw Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    I tend to be a bit too creative sometimes. I look at things in an artistic way while other people just see it as disorganized. I guess I'd rather be safe. I'll try to make my personal essay more creative in writing style to bring that part out then. Thank you for the advice!
  • DRose2012DRose2012 Registered User Posts: 186 Junior Member
    My Why Penn was "creative" just because I felt like I touched on things most people don't (I'm applying to Wharton, yet business wasn't the focus per se). If you do achieve something from a creative organization, go ahead. A college essay I wrote was pretty straightforward -- the failures I had in my business. Instead of going chronologically though, I was chaotic. However, I think, by doing so, I wrote an essay that wasn't the typical "failure and what I learned from it" deal, but rather something more unique. If it helps and is genuine, do it.
  • koolkat12koolkat12 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    My why penn essay pretty much only discusses two things, the art history department and performing art clubs (like dance/music). I am applying as an art history major and all my ec's are art related, so it does make sense. is it bad that that's all i talk about? i don't want to seem one sided - but i guess my transcript can show that right?
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