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I have a well written statement of purpose that is about 2 pages in length, single spaced and 12 point font, which were the requirements of a few programs that I applied to. One of them, however, needs a statement that is only 500 words maximum. Any suggestions for effectively condensing this to 500 words and still having it be a solid statement of purpose? Having the same issue with my diversity statement as well.

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    Determine what the top 2-3 things you want the admissions committee to understand about you after reading the SOP. Then focus the text on those items.
    – Dawn
    Dec 23, 2017 at 3:58

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  • Print it
  • Highlight the key sentences ('claims')
  • Write a bullet list from these sentences
  • Delete those that are redundant or unimportant
  • Extend each bullet point to a short paragraph by adding supporting statements to each key sentence
  • If you run out of space, combine key sentences into broader statements or use less supporting statements
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    This is an interesting idea. Variant: ask someone else to hit the bullet or outline version with the highlighter. Dec 24, 2017 at 4:33

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