2 page vs 4 page PS

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Calbears123
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2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby Calbears123 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:56 pm

Working on my PS at the moment. Some schools want up to 2 pages and others want 2 to 4. Will schools that only want 2 pages look down on a PS that is around 4 pages. Or should I write one thats 2 pages and another that is around 4

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby Yeezus » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:57 pm

Calbears123 wrote:Working on my PS at the moment. Some schools want up to 2 pages and others want 2 to 4. Will schools that only want 2 pages look down on a PS that is around 4 pages. Or should I write one thats 2 pages and another that is around 4


If a school only wants 2 pages, I definitely wouldn't send in one that is 4.

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby hillz » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:59 pm

You should follow the page requirements for each school. It's up to you on whether you want to write two statements of a different length. I only wrote one 2 page essay and liked the simplicity of that.

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby Nonconsecutive » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:01 pm

Stick to 2 pages, imo. Concision will serve you well much longer than this application process.

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby Pneumonia » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:05 pm

Yeah stick to two, with a possible exception for Berkeley.

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby sarge » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:26 am

I made mine 1.5 pages, double space, size 12 font....and covered the last 20 years of my life. Growing up in the swamps, working as a diesel mechanic from age 14 while going to school, joining the military after 9/11, deployments, accomplishments....

As one dead German said “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.”

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:37 am

Follow the school's instructions. ABSOLUTELY do NOT submit a PS longer than they request/allow.

Deviating from a school's instructions in any way tells the adcomms:

1. I don't respect your instructions, and by extension your school, enough to follow your page limit, or
2. I didn't read your instructions, or
3. I am not a good enough writer to cut my shit down.

No matter how awesome you think your PS is, it can be cut in length and will probably be better for it.

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby Calbears123 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:26 am

Thanks for the advice, sounds like I'll stick to just 1 2 page paper, makes it easier on me anyways

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Re: 2 page vs 4 page PS

Postby SPerez » Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:26 pm

I can say that I seldom have read a personal statement where anything after the 3rd page was value-added/worth it.

I'll add, though, that anything LESS than two pages (especially double-spaced) is way too short, IMO.

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