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09/04/2019

Essay Question for common app(college undergraduate admissions)?

QUESTION
Essay Question for common app(college undergraduate admissions)?
-So the Instructions for the essay says this:

“The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and
structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.)”

-Does this mean that I can write more than 650 words? Because the instructions says, “Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so.”

ANSWER
No, you can’t go beyond 650 words. Well, you might physically be able to do so, but the form on the Common App only allows for so many characters, and anything beyond that limit may be cut off when it’s sent to the school. Just keep it under 650 and you’ll be fine. Actually, colleges PREFER that your essay be shorter than the word limit. See how they said, “Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal.”? That’s their way of saying, “For the love of God, please don’t make this any longer than it has to be.” Remember, they have literally thousands of essays and other application materials to read through; they definitely appreciate an essay that is interesting and intriguing while also being short and to the point.