What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
Loading…
UCLA
Loading…
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
1.0
4.0
SAT: 720 math
200
800
| 800 verbal
200
800

Extracurriculars

Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

What's the word count that hits the sweet spot for the Common App personal statement?

I’m knee-deep in drafting my personal statement for the Common App and can’t find a clear answer - how many words are we aiming for here? Is there an ideal length admissions officers prefer, or is the limit really the limit?

7 months ago

The Common Application provides a strict word limit for the personal statement: 650 words. While students sometimes wonder if there's a 'sweet spot', the truth is that the quality of the writing and content is much more important than hitting a specific word count. I always recommend aiming to use the space provided to tell your story fully and effectively, whether that takes you all the way to the limit or not. If you can captivate the admissions committee in fewer words, that's fine, but most students find they need most of the space to convey their message. Remember to focus on clarity, depth, coherence, and above all, letting your unique voice shine through!

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.