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Personal Statement length

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by 705, Oct 29, 1999.

  1. 705


    Any suggestions on length of personal statement on secondaries? Two full pages too much? thanks
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  3. tonem

    tonem Senior Member
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    Sep 13, 1999
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    Ask yourself this question...If I had 500 personal statements to read, would I want to read 1000 pages of personal statement? Most schools had a limit if I recall correctly...it's best to stick to it. If there is not a limit keep it short but sweet.

    Good luck
  4. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor
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    Jun 3, 1999
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    Here's the gold standard: one page, single-spaced, no font smaller than 12. If you find that this doesn't allow enough space, shrink it down to 10 but don't DARE go lower. [​IMG]

    Tim of New York City.
  5. DocGibby

    DocGibby Senior Member
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    Aug 21, 1999
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    There is no magic number. Basic idea here is to keep it to the point. Don't ramble. Mine was roughly 3 pages at 11 or 12 font (i can't remember). However, I jammed about 5 years of my life into it. The schools want to learn about you from these essays. If you can do it in 1 page at 12 font, that's great. If not just keep it under 3(max) 2 is probably optimal. Once again their looking for quality not quantity. Also, if you ask me, never ever single space unless you absolutely have to. When the committees go through your essay they highlight stuff, put comments in the margins. If you single space, then they have no room to work.

    MSUCOM class of 2004

    [This message has been edited by DocGibby (edited 10-30-1999).]

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