College Admission Essay Word Count

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The College Essay Word Count - The College Solution

If the word count of your essay is off by just a few words, you’re probably okay. But if the essay is significantly longer or shorter than it should be, you’ll have to adjust. Here’s how to cut to fit and lengthen to suit.

If no word or page count is specified, aim for 250-500 words — long enough to show depth and short enough to hold their interest.
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Usually, the problem that afflicts most essayists is excess verbiage. But from time to time applicants end up with an essay that’s below the recommended word or page count. One major rule applies to this situation:

we find that we can usually guess an essay’s word count within about 25 words, ..
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“The New York Times” ran an article yesterday on the college essay word count. The article shares anecdotes about how various college applicants struggle with reducing their to 500 words for the personal statement. Of the students featured, many wrote essays that were 700 or 800 words and had to parse it down to 500. Some cited that their college essay was not nearly as good in the shortened version and one student even cited that it became a “standard college essay” in the abbreviated version.

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