Personal Statements



How to Write a Personal Statement



We offer these examples for you to adapt to your needs and the requirements of your application(s). Don’t feel pressured to copy them exactly! Each of these examples are written by UConn students, but for different types of programs:

Undergraduate Programs

NEAG School of Education Personal Statement (pdf)

School of Pharmacy Personal Statement (pdf)

Graduate Programs

English Ph.D. Statement of Purpose (pdf)

Medical School Personal Statement (pdf)

Social Psychology Ph.D. Personal Statement (pdf)



These various sites from other university writing centers offer additional advice on personal statements.

Indiana University

UMass Amherst Writing Center

Purdue Online Writing Lab Graduate School Application Guide