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College Application Essay Length

Have you ever been around someone who takes forever to make his or her point? Maybe they're merely relating an anecdote about something funny that happened to them at the supermarket, but in order to get to the point of what happened they have to tell you myriad unrelated--and many times quite uninteresting--details along the way. You may just want to scream, "Get to the point!"

In a related sense, the same can be said for college application essays. Less can be more. Notice that I'm not saying that less is more. That's too sweeping and all-inclusive. However, in my experience editing application essays, I've found that about 95% of drafts that I see can be reduced by about 20%, once all the needless verbiage is trimmed in getting to the point.

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