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.