How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

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cmu
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How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

Postby cmu » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:24 pm

Mine is exactly 1000 words, after some playing with page settings and fonts, it fits in two pages. I'm wondering how long your Personal Statements are?

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bostonian
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Re: How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

Postby bostonian » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:26 pm

I think page count is more important than word count. For schools that didn't have a page limit, mine was 2.5 pages. I cut it to two for schools that did.

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Re: How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

Postby ATR » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:27 pm

~780 words (depending on school name)

Exactly 2 pages, 11-point Times New Roman

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arkansawyer
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Re: How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

Postby arkansawyer » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:27 pm

I think no more than 3 pages with normal margins for schools that don't specify. You've got to remember how many personal statements these adcomms are going to be reading. You don't want their eyes to glaze over half-way through.

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Re: How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:28 pm

Two full pages, double-spaced. I think 11 point font, 1 inch margins, etc.
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arkansawyer
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Re: How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

Postby arkansawyer » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:29 pm

FWIW mine is 714

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Re: How Long Are Your Personal Statements?

Postby arkansawyer » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:30 pm

ohh...and in case anyone wants to read my personal statement, here it is.

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=138087




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