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Personal Statement Tips & Suggestions

The personal statement is one of the most important parts of the application process because it allows the readers of the selection committee to know you as an individual. You want the selection committee to become invested in you and your future. 

When writing your personal statement, we suggest the following guidelines:

  1. Be sure to follow the guidelines.

    If there is a word limit, stay as close to it as possible.  Do not write a novel.  Use 12 point font unless directed otherwise.

  2. Make sure you answer the question.

    This may sound obvious but many students go around the questions without ever answering the actual questions.  Try rephrasing the question in your answer.

  3. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!

    If you are struggling with writing your personal statement, utilize the following resources on campus:

Sample Personal Statement