How Long Should a College Essay Be? | College Coach Blog

Don’t worry; even if the application calls for a word or page limit, your reader is not going to bother to count your words and hold you to a ten-word range. However, you don’t have a completely free hand either. The admissions counselors are skilled at estimating the length of your essay. If they specify “an essay of no fewer than 250 words,” they expect at least one typewritten, double-spaced page with normal fonts and margins. And if they ask for no more than two typewritten pages, they will be annoyed to receive ten. They how to count. They have fingers.

The admissions counselors are skilled at estimating the length of your essay
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As always, take note of the word limit here. “1-2 paragraphs” most likely means an essay of about 400 words, and as admission counselors are swamped with essays, keeping your response short and sweet is key. In order to keep your response within the desired essay length, try not to repeat yourself while addressing different parts of the mission statement. For example, if you already mentioned that you really love the academic freedom that comes with a liberal arts education, don’t feel as though you need to stress the “emancipation” aspect of Vassar while talking about extracurricular activities. Try also to be as specific as possible when talking about what draws you to Bates. Stay away from generalizations that can be applied to any college. Going through your essay and deleting sentences and phrases that are general should allow you to meet the word limit.


What are the 2016-2017 Common Application essay prompts?

asking for one large admissions essay, they usually have 4-6 prompts of varying lengths.
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Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The holistic review process is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, a cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and test scores. Additional factors include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum taken, strength of senior schedule, math level in senior year, number of years in a sequential world language, and the written essay. Consideration will also be given to applicants applying to the Summer Bridge Program as well as exceptionally talented visual and performing artists and athletes.