Only a few universities have set a word limit or page limit on college admission essay (or Statement of Purpose).
The following question is from a reader who is in the process of submitting an online application for a master’s program at Missouri ST at Rolla.
I have some doubt in the application process of Missouri St Rolla. In the application site, http://futurestudents.mst.edu/admissions/graduate/apply.html
The last step, before “clicking SUBMIT APPLICATION,” they have the following:
Please describe why you are interested in studying in this degree program in the box below. Your statement is limited to 1,000 characters (approximately 150 words or two short paragraphs) or less.
You may compose your statement in another program (i.e., Notepad or word processing software) and paste the text into the box.
(Hint: In Windows, use Ctrl-C to copy and Ctrl-V to paste. On an Apple, use Apple-C to copy and Apple-V to paste.)
I’m totally confused.
- Do I have to send a COVER LETTER?
- Is SOP online, offline or both? Online SOP is limited by 1,000 characters. Do offline [printout] SOPs have no limit on characters?
Statement of Purpose
I’m not sure what you meant by cover letter. But based on what you said, you do have to submit a short version of your SOP.
Copy and paste the SOP into the text box provided. Make sure there are not typos and grammar mistakes.
When you mail the graduate school application packet with other documents, [12 Tips on How to Mail Application Package], include a printed copy (long version) of your Statement of Purpose.