Just wanted to let you know I got more (still somewhat vague) information yesterday. Someone on the conference call asked about essay length. The director of the program said it should be less than 5,000 characters and under 1 page. She replied her essays are less than 5,000 characters but about a page and a half. He replied, and I quote, "Well, we aren't too picky about that."
So...I decided to expand my essays a bit because you can't say much in 250 words. Mine are now each between 450 and 510 words, and 2,500 and 3,000 characters, and less than one page at 1.15 spacing, 12 font, Times New Roman.
I'm hoping that is acceptable.
Wish they'd be more clear! Sheesh.