Crafting a Statement of Purpose & Grad School Essays

  • Always read the university’s directions from start to finish. Be sure to follow all instructions – topic, length, headings, font size, structure, and file type.
  • If you get stuck on the first sentence, keep writing. Often the first couple sentences are the most daunting because you want to make a good impression. Just start writing and come back to it.
  • Be specific. Provide clear anecdotes rather than broad sweeping statements about you. This will demonstrate your motivation and capacity to succeed.
  • Bring balance to your writing. Cover all areas of interest – what you intend to study, where you have been, where you are going, athletics and education. Admission committees like to see students who are well-rounded.
  • Focus on post-high school accomplishments. Graduate schools are more concerned about your achievements in college that have prepared you for the next level. Avoid lengthy entries about your high school successes (of course, there are some special cases).
  • Articulate your chosen field of study and how the graduate program will help you advance your career/personal goals. Describe your professional interests.
  • Be concise. Avoid lengthy ramblings. Admission committee readers spend only 15 to 20 minutes reading and you want to make a complete impression.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread! Refine and edit your essay.



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October 12, 2015

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