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Common Application Sets Word Limit

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After a four-year experiment in allowing applicants to write long essays, Common Application is going back to a 500-word limit this fall. Common Application's board of directors recommended the limit after advisory groups indicated that essays had become "far too long, less well-written, and ... often skimmed rather than read by admissions officers," according to Executive Director Rob Killion. The not-for-profit has 463 members that accept the common college application.

Vol. 30, Issue 35, Page 4

Published in Print: June 15, 2011, as Common Application Sets Word Limit
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