how long should my college essay be?

how long should my college essay be?
I need to know the max number of words my college admissions essay should be. mine right now is about 870 words and i think its a little long.

You’re essay should be 500 word MAX. Colleges do not have the time to sit and read much more than 1-1.5 minutes per essay, chances are once they see 3 pages they will not read the entire thing. YOu need to cut it down, more than likely you have a lot of filler words which are necessary- not in a bad way or anything, cutting my essay was the hardest thing to do. Get an English teacher to edit/ help you chop it down. It’s hard I know (mine was 830) but with some help I got it down to 445…

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