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Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Note: These prompts are only for First-Year applicants.  Transfer students will have 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.