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College Application Essay as Haiku? For Some, 500 Words Aren’t Enough

Communications – October 29, 2011

Abstract: The only problem with Penn’s writing was the math: It was 650 words, outside the 250- to 500-word range re-established by the Common Application this spring — after a four-year experiment with no upper limit — but only now being grappled with as deadlines for early admissions approach next week. 

New York Times Article

Abstract: Unlike other parts of the application, which, in its online version, cuts students off midword if they exceed character limits, the personal statement will not be truncated, raising the question in school corridors: Does 500 really mean 500?

New York Time article on Common Application Essay: