Two page limit

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pecchiord1
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Two page limit

Postby pecchiord1 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:29 pm

Most of the people I've spoken to say that personal statements shouldn't be more than two pages double spaced.

I've written mine and it comes out to about 2.75-3 pages. I really would rather not shorten if i could. How firm is that 2 page limit? Any opinions?

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SantIvo
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Re: Two page limit

Postby SantIvo » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:35 pm

From talking to admissions people, it sounds like they are obliged to at least read everything that an applicant sends in. That said, they have to read A LOT of material, and brevity/the ability to follow directions are certainly both virtues. So your extra page better be pretty damn compelling if you're going to flout the directions.

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justonemoregame
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Re: Two page limit

Postby justonemoregame » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:37 pm

I'd really try to get it down to 2, especially if that's the limit indicated for the specific school you apply to.

pecchiord1
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Re: Two page limit

Postby pecchiord1 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:38 pm

ok thanks guys i was just wondering.

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SumStalwart
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Re: Two page limit

Postby SumStalwart » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:59 pm

I agree with the former posters. Also, try using "Garamond." It is a slightly smaller font than times new roman, and I think that it looks more professional. Try adjusting your word choices, and then taking some things out, if you must.

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vanwinkle
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Re: Two page limit

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:21 am

Some schools specify two pages. Others don't set a hard limit but you'll still piss them off if you waste their time reading more than they have to.

Berkeley is the exception. They like to read.

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Br3v
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Re: Two page limit

Postby Br3v » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:10 am

justonemoregame wrote:I'd really try to get it down to 2, especially certainly if that's the limit indicated for the specific school you apply to.




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