How to Write Your Personal Statement

Your personal message needs to be clear, so there's no set format to follow – take your time. Here are some guidelines that you must follow. Remember, however, that your personal statement must be "personal".

1. Write enthusiastically, concisely, and naturally – not too complicated. You can also seek help from college consulting advisors on how to write a personal statement for college at

2. Try to stand out, but be careful with humor, quotes, or anything out of the ordinary – just in case the admission staff doesn't have the same sense of humor as yours.

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3. Organize your information to reflect the skills and qualities that universities and colleges value most. Use course descriptions to help you.

4. Check the character and line limits – you have 4000 characters and 47 lines. Some word processors get different values if they don't count tabs and paragraph spacing as separate characters.

5. Read it yourself loudly and have your teachers, counselors, and family check it out. Then revise it until you like it and have the correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

It is recommended that you write your personal statement first and then copy and paste it into your online application once you are satisfied with it. Make sure you save it regularly as it will expire after 35 minutes of inactivity.