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Word count for college essays?

Hello, fellow applicants! As I'm working on my Common App essay, I just wanted to know if there's a specific word count I should stick to for these college essays? Do different colleges have different requirements? Any guidance would be great!

7 months ago

Hey there! The Common App essay indeed has a word limit, which is set at a maximum of 650 words. This limit holds true for nearly all schools using the Common App platform. That being said, it's always a good idea to double-check each college's specific requirements, as they might have additional supplemental essays with varying word counts.

As for the essay itself, remember that quality is more important than quantity. You don't necessarily have to use all 650 words; a concise and impactful essay can be just as (or even more) effective. Strive to share a meaningful story or message that highlights your unique attributes and experiences, while staying within the word limit. Good luck with your essay and college applications!

7 months ago

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