Before You Apply

Personal Statement & Activities Log

Below are the Personal Statement prompts and Activities Log as found in the application. As a First Year Student applicant to UW Bothell, you may choose one of the two prompts to write and submit.

Note: The Activities Log and Personal Statement prompts are only for First Year Student applicants.  Transfer students will have different Personal Statement prompts depending on the desired program.

If you need some pointers when writing your Personal Statement please use the following resources to help guide you:

Personal Statement

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.

Activities Log

Using the grid provided below, identify and describe up to five of the most significant activities you have participated in during grades 9-12. Your list should include activities, skills, achievements, or qualities from any of the following categories:

  • Leadership in or outside of school- e.g., athletics, student government, cultural clubs, band, scouting, community service, employment.
  • Activities in which you have worked to better your school or community.
  • Exceptional achievement in an academic field or artistic pursuit.
  • Personal endeavors that enrich the mind- e.g., independent research or reading, private dance or music lessons, weekend language/culture school.

First give a title to each activity and indicate during which grades you participated. Then write a descriptive paragraph about why this activity had meaning for you; your highest level of achievement or honor you attained; any responsibilities you had; and the contribution you believe you made to your school, community, or organization. Don't just describe the activity: tell us what it says about you (maximum 100 words).