how long should college application essays be, generally?
“The essay’s length should meet specified word, page, or line limits. If the essay is longer than the limit prescribed, make sure it is concise, that all words are necessary, and that the size does not extend beyond ten percent over the limit. If there is no length limit specified, it is best to keep the essay as short and succinct as possible. Avoid sloppy mistakes and long-windedness; they can doom the best of efforts.”
“250 isn’t that short. Remember, they don’t want a 5 page essay about your life accomplishments — they want an idea about who and what you are, how you write, etc. Most college limits are 200-250 words, and it takes up 1 to 1 1/2 pages, or 4 paragraphs. That’s fine!”
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