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How long was your counselor letter?


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My son applied in 2008-9, and there were no limits for the lengths of the student essay and the counselor letter.


I thought I read some where that the Common App has limited the student's essay to 500 words now, which I think is too short. Is there now a hard limit on the counselor letter, too, or is the 2000 words thing a recommendation?



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One thing to consider is the amount of time admits spend reading an applications I've heard mostly 10 -15 minutes at most. What do you want to shine forth in that time?


Also, admits are very leery of things that parents can control. In a traditional setting they like teacher recommends better than counselor letters for the reason that they believe teachers will be more honest.


So I would have a care not to use my time up on the wrong thing.

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