What are the 2016-2017 Common Application essay prompts?
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Feb 8, 2016 - The personal essay has a 650 word limit
The Common Application Organization announced Essay Prompts for the 2017-2018 Common Application. Students are instructed to select and respond to one of the prompts with a 650-word limit.
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Nor word limit an issue. The Application notes that "most application readers find college essays are rarely improved when they are longer than 500 to 550 words." And while the Coalition strongly recommends staying within that limit, there is no mandated maximum number of words. Admissions committees accustomed to reading 650-word Common App essays will likely be unfazed by a Coalition essay of the same length.
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For years the Common Application had no length limit, and applicants and counselors frequently debated whether a tight 450-word essay was a wiser approach than a detailed 900-word piece. In 2011, that decision was taken away as the Common Application moved to a relatively short 500-word limit. With the August 2013 release of CA4 (the newest version of the Common Application), the guidelines changed once again.This was written by Jonathan Reider, director of college counseling at This was a response to a discussion on the e-list of the about a decision by officials to limit the length of the main essay students are asked to write on their college application to 500 words for the coming college admissions season. For the previous four years, there was no limit, and Common App officials said essays had become too long and less well written. Counselors complained, though, that 500 words would not be enough to allow students to express themselves. You can read .