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09/04/2019

How long should COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS be at the very most?

QUESTION
How long should COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS be at the very most?
I am writing college application essays but I find myself wanting to write longer than 2 pages. Maybe up to 2 1/2 pages. I feel if I write shorter than I can’t get my point across. Please help! thanks

ANSWER
I’ve worked for the Admissions Department for Berkeley for a couple of years and I strongly advise you to adhere to the app instructions. Many times app readers will stop reading the application at the number of pages (in your case 2) where they asked you to stop. Try and sum it up as best you can. Have a few teachers read it over (or even a few friends) and make sure it meets the specifications and you should be fine. If it makes you feel any better most schools do a comprehensive review of applicants (grades, essay, extra curr. activities, etc). So, if you feel like you aren’t well represented by your essay, you still have other places to shine. 😉

Do several drafts, have it reviewed by a couple different people, be honest and put your worries aside.