My word count right now is around 1200 words. Some applications say 1-2 pages, or "briefly describe x y and z" which my statement definitely falls into (slightly less than 2 pages). None of them explicitly give a word count, but I'm worried that I should still try to keep it under 1000 words. I've been working on this for over a month now and I feel every sentence is important. If I don't need to get it under 1000 words then my essay will definitely be stronger as it is now at 1200. I'm sure I could somehow cut out enough words to get under 1000, but I don't know if that is necessary. If it isn't I would rather stick with my stronger, higher word count essay. What do you think? Do I have the liberty to go over 1000 words if no word count constraint is given or would it hurt more than help? I'm not filling it with fluff; it is all relevant information. I'm thinking since the only limit I have seen so far is "1-2 pages" that it would be ok to assume this is acceptable for the other schools that don't specify length at all.