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Exceeding Word Count on Essay?

Nin10dude317Nin10dude317 Registered User Posts: 339 Member
edited February 2013 in University of Washington
I'm applying as a transfer student, and I'm currently at 1110 words (of a 750-1000 word suggestion).

How firm is this limit? The app says to "Be concise, but tell the whole story even if you need a little more space." I do cover quite a few topics in my essay, and I would like to say that I am an adequate writer, but I don't want to appear as someone that ignored the suggestion.
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Replies to: Exceeding Word Count on Essay?

  • SoDoMojoSoDoMojo Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    It's only a recommended limit, not a strict guideline.

    110 words is a decent bit over though. I would cut it down a little. 1000 words should be more than enough to write a good essay. There is no reason to risk anything.
  • shaemusshaemus Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    That much over is fine. I spoke to one of the counselors at the UW admissions office, and she said that they place that suggested limit so they don't get essays at 2000-3000 words (but they still do). I sent in mine at about 1120 and when I told her that my PS was that long, she said it wouldn't be a problem.

    As long as you are using those words to be efficient and conducive to conveying the message you want to convey, don't worry.
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