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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 07:31
is +/- 5 to 10% of the total word limit OK for stanford essays? i'm about 70 words over the 1800 limit and contemplating submitting it.

any advice from terry12 or other students?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 21:51
hellopalo wrote:
judging by the lack of activity in this thread, i'm inclined to believe that very few people are applying to stanford this year! more space for those of us that are!

i'm about done with essays and most of the app ... trying to make sense of the whole thing as one package now. 2 out of 3 recos are also in. phew! the process started as painful, then fun, then very painful and now just getting to the point of keeping fingers crossed and hoping that it works out.

hows everybody else doing?


Am in a similar situations. Just now got all the essays ready. Done with rest of the application and also 2 out of 3 recos. Plan to push the third recommender to submit tomorrow and also submit my app by tomorrow night. Shud see how it goes. It really has been painful getting to both H/S in R1. Btw any update on the word limit. I have it at 1840 which I am hoping should be ok.

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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 00:38
hellopalo wrote:
is +/- 5 to 10% of the total word limit OK for stanford essays? i'm about 70 words over the 1800 limit and contemplating submitting it.

any advice from terry12 or other students?


My essays were slightly above the word limit. Frankly put, the adcoms are not going to be putting every application through a wordcount. What they will be doing though, is reading applications over and over so they at least have a general sense of how long 1800 words is. Thus, I employed the eyeball test:

Randomly lop off the end of your essay to get a sense of what a "True 1800 Word Essay" would look like. Then add back your sentences. If it's noticeably longer, then keep cutting. If it's just a matter of 1-2 lines, then chances are nobody will care or notice.

Not official advice, by any means... but hope that helps.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 06:40
Did anyone else notice that after submitting the application, the email confirmation says that they hope to admit 400-500 people this year? I thought they usually admit 300-400 people. Last year they had 385 and the year before they had around the same number. Did they increase their intake?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 06:52
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Did anyone else notice that after submitting the application, the email confirmation says that they hope to admit 400-500 people this year? I thought they usually admit 300-400 people. Last year they had 385 and the year before they had around the same number. Did they increase their intake?


Depends on if they mean admits or matriculating. Assuming 90% yield, 400-500 admits = 360-450 class size, so maybe a bit of a bump up?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 14:53
Done. I am officially in the R1. I have submitted my app and paid the fees. Got 2 recos submitted and third recommender promised that he is ready to submit by tonight. Happy with the way essays turned out so now just wait and watch. On a side note, I am visiting Stanford on 20 Oct as I am already in the area. I am taking a class visit too. Anyone in the area at the same time?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 14:54
Submitted today! I wish waiting wasn't so hard :(
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 15:11
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Submitted today! I wish waiting wasn't so hard :(


Good luck!!! Stanford would be amazing for you.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 19:53
Just hit Submit! :-D

It's out of my hand now.

Do you guys know if they send out interview invites as they decide them or all in one slug like HBS?

Good luck everyone!
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 21:24
I believe interviews will be issued as they read applications, not in one slug like other schools. Does that make it better or worse? ;) I guess it just is what it is.

I submitted this round as well.

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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 16:18
Submitted today, include me in the roll for R1...now it is in their hands...I put the best of me in essay 1...so...cross your fingers!
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 02:31
Only a few more hours!

How long is TOO long for stanford? I know the 10+-% idea, but 80 seems too much.
At the same time, 1800 is not enough :)

How much did you guys write?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 05:07
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Only a few more hours!

How long is TOO long for stanford? I know the 10+-% idea, but 80 seems too much.
At the same time, 1800 is not enough :)

How much did you guys write?


I was about 20% over...I think total wordcount was around 2100. Talked to somebody from the Adcom about it and she said that it was important to get the message through while avoiding to abuse the limits
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 05:14
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Only a few more hours!

How long is TOO long for stanford? I know the 10+-% idea, but 80 seems too much.
At the same time, 1800 is not enough :)

How much did you guys write?


I was about 20% over...I think total wordcount was around 2100. Talked to somebody from the Adcom about it and she said that it was important to get the message through while avoiding to abuse the limits


Wow 2100?! It seems like you're saying that your conversation with the adcom convinced you this was acceptable?
If that's the case, then woohoo :D
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 05:38
Submitted mine last night. I just squeeked in under 1800 words, but if you're slightly over I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 06:02
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Only a few more hours!

How long is TOO long for stanford? I know the 10+-% idea, but 80 seems too much.
At the same time, 1800 is not enough :)

How much did you guys write?


I was about 20% over...I think total wordcount was around 2100. Talked to somebody from the Adcom about it and she said that it was important to get the message through while avoiding to abuse the limits


Wow 2100?! It seems like you're saying that your conversation with the adcom convinced you this was acceptable?
If that's the case, then woohoo :D


I don't know, maybe my writing was not that efficient...but I decided not to cut anything from my essays as I would lose a part of the message.

For me 1800 was definitely not enough...compared to other schools, it was way too short!
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 07:05
I was exactly 10% above (around 1980 i believe) ...
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 07:23
submitted! the urge to make last minute changes was too strong, i could have submitted a week back!

i promise not to check my e-mail every 2 minutes (refresh, refresh, refresh... aah, nothing...) ... also wont be checking these forums for 2 months...

who am i kidding? i'll do both ... every day, every minute!

good luck everyone! hope we all make it!
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 07:42
guys, by the way...what is your app status right now?? just checking...
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 09:51
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guys, by the way...what is your app status right now?? just checking...


Status: Submitted

And for the prev discussion about word count. I got in with 1820 words. The essays looked good and seemed to flow well. Now work on minimizing my refreshes in email and also app status for next 2 months
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