Even if you take advantage of the full length available to you, keep in mind that 650 words is not a long essay.
It's roughly the equivalent of a two-page, double-spaced essay.
However, you will find that most supplemental essays on the Common Application have different length guidelines, and colleges that don't use the Common Application will have differing length requirements.
No matter what the circumstances, make sure you follow the guidelines.
No longer can applicants attach an essay that goes over the limit.
Instead, applicants will need to enter the essay into a text box that counts words and prevents entering anything beyond 650 words.If you've said all you have to say in 500 words, don't try to pad your essay to make it longer.Regardless of length, the best essays tell a compelling story, provide insight to your character and interests, and are written with crisp and engaging prose.This idea is so familiar to us that it has become part of our educational instincts: .The reason classroom teachers assign papers of a required — though arbitrary — length is pragmatic.Students applying to colleges that use the Common Application will typically need to respond to one of seven essay prompts.For the 2018-19 application cycle, the length limit for the essay is 650 words.CA4 set the limit at 650 words (and a minimum of 250 words).And unlike earlier versions of the Common Application, the length limit is now enforced by the application form.They were teasing each other regarding their physiques and asked Honest Abe to settle the dispute: “How long should a man’s legs be? He allegedly responded, “I have not given the matter much consideration, but on first blush I should judge they ought to be long enough to reach from his body to the ground.” It’s a silly answer to an even sillier question.And it’s why I’m tempted to answer students, “Papers should always be long enough to get from the beginning all the way to the end.” Those who have had school experiences certainly remember being assigned papers of expressed length: 500 words, 800 words, 1,000 words.