The University of California, for example, allows 350 words for each of an applicant's responses to four personal insight questions, for a total maximum of 1400 words.You'll find supplemental essays with length limits ranging from 50 words and up. After all, 650 words is not a lot of space in which to convey your personality, passions, and writing ability to the folks in the admissions office. In previous years, applicants could attach their essays to the application, and this allowed them to attach essays that were too long.
CA4 set the limit at 650 words (and a minimum of 250 words).
And unlike earlier versions of the Common Application, the length limit is now enforced by the application form.
If a college wants a long essay, the directions will ask for it.
While the maximum length for the Common Application essay is 650 words, the minimum length is 250 words.
Prior to 2011, the length of the essay was set by the judgment of the applicant (and some applicants who wrote 1,200-word essays showed bad judgment).
Many colleges who don't use the Common Application also have clearly defined length limits for the essays.