Smallest Margins Acceptable

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PAR12
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Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby PAR12 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:45 pm

I am currently writing my personal statement for UCLA and having trouble getting it to fit.

I know it must be double spaced and 12pt font but how small may I make the margins?

This question will also apply to the other schools that only allow two pages as well.

Thank you for your replys

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rayiner
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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby rayiner » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:49 pm

1" all around.

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JusticeHarlan
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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby JusticeHarlan » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:53 pm

rayiner wrote:1" all around.

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It is, of course, the correct info.

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bk1
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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby bk1 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:55 pm

Have someone competent edit it, you can always cut down your statement. Always.

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Eugenie Danglars
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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby Eugenie Danglars » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:28 pm

Try to cut content instead of margins. It's always really obvious when my students hand in papers with altered spacing/font/margins, and it looks bad (although they're trying to fill more space not less, but still). I can't imagine that admissions officers will notice any less than I do.

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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby Destined » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:34 am

Resssssssssurrrrecccctted. Got my UCLA to fit on 2 pages by cutting one line and making margin on top .99". When I put top margin at 1.0" it went three lines onto third page. Microsoft word is WEIRD

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Hattori Hanzo
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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:44 am

Last year I applied to UCLA with 11.5pt and they were apparently OK with it.

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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby im_blue » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:30 am

Destined wrote:Resssssssssurrrrecccctted. Got my UCLA to fit on 2 pages by cutting one line and making margin on top .99". When I put top margin at 1.0" it went three lines onto third page. Microsoft word is WEIRD

Word has widow/orphan control that puts at least 2 or 3 lines of a paragraph on the same page. So if you're one line over, that could result in 2-3 lines on the last page.

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fugitivejammer
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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby fugitivejammer » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:46 am

Hattori Hanzo wrote:Last year I applied to UCLA with 11.5pt and they were apparently OK with it.


lol same

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nealric
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Re: Smallest Margins Acceptable

Postby nealric » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:00 pm

Protip: If you are struggling to fit your PS into the page limits it is too long. They probably aren't going to read most of it anyways.




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