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Kristen Kimball Points0
Hi, there.

If you're submitting it via the Common Application, then no; it will cut you off and you won't be able to submit it if the essay is longer than 650 words. Some schools may be more flexible, if you're applying with their application, so then it's a case-by-case situation. But the majority of schools use the Common App and they will limit you. Time to brush up on those editing skills!

Good luck,
Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0
I must agree with the above comment - if using the common application they will indeed cut your words off leaving them. without a closing to your essay. If on the other hand, it is a strong essay, perhaps the colleges you opt to apply to will be asking for supplemental essays where perhaps you can offer a longer essay but if not, stick to the # of words limit. Good Luck!
Jon Semcer Points0
The above answers are good advice. Few if any schools will let you go over the word count on any essay if the application is submitted via computer. You know the software will you off. If you are submitting a paper application and the school asks you for 650 words and the essay is 655 do not worry. But if the essay runs 700 words then its time to edit. Any good piece of writing requires several rewrites. Ernest Hemingway put it this way, " My writing was not done in day, a week or even a month. I had to edit stories several times to get the words right". The key phrase here is "to get the words right". Have a great year and much success to you.

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