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Is it okay to use abbreviations in college essays?

I'm working on my college essay and I want to use some abbreviations to keep it concise. Is it acceptable to use abbreviations, or should I spell everything out? I don't want it to look unprofessional. Thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're paying attention to details in your college essay. In general, it's best to avoid using abbreviations and to spell everything out. This helps ensure that your writing appears polished and professional.

However, there may be some exceptions. For instance, commonly accepted abbreviations like 'U.S.' for United States or 'STEM' for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are usually fine to use. When my child was applying to college, they used 'UN' for United Nations in their essay, and it was not an issue.

Ultimately, your main focus should be on making your essay clear and easy to read. If an abbreviation is well-known and doesn't detract from your writing, it should be fine. Just be cautious and make sure to spell out any terms that might be unfamiliar to your reader. Good luck with your essay!

9 months ago

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