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Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Note: These prompts are only for First-Year applicants.  Transfer students will have a different prompts depending on the desired program.

The Personal Statement is our best means of getting to know you and your best means of creating a context for your academic performance. When you write your personal statement, tell us about those aspects of your life that are not apparent from your academic record:

  • a character-defining moment;
  • the cultural awareness you've developed;
  • a challenge faced;
  • a personal hardship overcome

Directions: Choose either 1 or 2 below (recommended length: 500-650 words).

1. Discuss how your family’s experience or cultural history enriched you or presented you with opportunities or challenges in pursuing your educational goals.


2. Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.