Recently an MBA client asked us about word limits in MBA essays – what was the minimum number of words required of a 1000-word essay? Would a 2500 character essay work with a 4000 character max?
Other clients have come to us with length standards they’d heard about among the admissions community, e.g. no essay should leave >5% of the given word limit unutilized.
The truth is variable, and hinges on a variety of factors: How many essays have you submitted? Have you covered every facet of your application? Are your essays ‘tight’ or anemic? Have you fully addressed all aspects of a given prompt?
There is no hard-and-fast rule to length limitations in admissions essays unless stated by a particular admissions committee. We help our clients to present balanced, compelling applications in which every word has value and serves your candidacy. If you can do just that in 350 words, given a 500 word limitation, then there is no admissions committee that would fault you for expediting their decision-making process.
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