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Application essay length.

gpowsanggpowsang Registered User Posts: 833 Member
What is the application essay length?

According to my UT application at ApplyTexas.com it reads "If you are submitting your essay online, it must be no longer than 120 eighty-character lines of text (including spaces and blank lines)."

Does this mean 120 lines of text of about 80 characters each? Also, does font, font size, and spacing (double spaced or single spaced) matter? Im typing mine single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point font. If I do it double spaced, would each space between lines count towards the line limit as a "blank line"?

But if you are submitting it by mail it reads "If you are mailing in a paper copy of your essay(s), please put your full name, date of birth and the ApplyTexas application ID at the top of each page. Unless otherwise specified, your essay should be typed and no longer than one page (8 1/2" x 11")."

What bothers me about the mailed version is that a "full page" is much less than 120 lines.
Its about 40 wen i checked!
Does spacing matter here too?

Any thoughts?
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Replies to: Application essay length.

  • MidwestMom2Kids_MidwestMom2Kids_ Registered User Posts: 6,673 Senior Member
    80 characters is 80 characters no matter what size font you use. (You might find it easiest to picture 80-character lines of text by using Courier font. With Courier, each character uses the same amount of space, so all of the 80-character lines look like they are the same length.)

    Whether you have set your original page up for double or single spacing doesn't matter but if you are running out of space, don't put extra blank lines between paragraphs. Each extra carriage returns count as an extra character.

    Your printed-out version looks smaller because it is in a proportionally-spaced font, Times New Roman. (If you want to see the difference, try printing it out in Courier 12-point with wide enough margins that only 80 characters fit on each line.)
  • gpowsanggpowsang Registered User Posts: 833 Member
    ^thanks for your response, ill reformat my essays to courier new.

    I am going to submit them online through applytexas.com. I know 120 lines is the max, but is their a set minimum? Because I believe min are well written and to the point with much less than 120 lines.
  • blemblem Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    mine was about 500 words each
  • gpowsanggpowsang Registered User Posts: 833 Member
    ^ blem im actually leaning to wat u said. See in my other applications, their essays had to be generally around 400-500 words (i am a FL resident). But these Texas apps are confusing me
  • D_LeeD_Lee Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    just multiply the two numbers and that is the total of characters you can have in your essay.
  • gpowsanggpowsang Registered User Posts: 833 Member
    I know that would give me the actual limit in terms of characters, but I feel like I am writing way to little. Right now, the length of Essays A, B, and C for me are 467, 456, and 441 words respectively. They are currently being revised by my english teacher.
  • hobo65hobo65 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    My Essay S is 521 words and Essay C is 540 words
  • yellowboyyellowboy Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    My C is 1000~ words and my A is 400~ words. Obviously, I think my C essay is on the long side but in general, I really don't think UT Austin admissions is based on the essays as so much as GPA and scores (most important) and extracurriculars/awards (important)
  • hobo65hobo65 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    Essays are important for honors programs and highly ranked colleges (Business and Engineering) within UT Austin.
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