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Are Personal Statements a Must for All College Applications?

What’s up, fam? I’m in the midst of drafting my application materials and I’m curious - do all colleges require a personal statement? Or are there some that don't bother with it? Just trying to gauge how many heartfelt essays I'll need to churn out. Cheers for any insights!

7 months ago

Hey there! You're in the thick of it, huh? Well, I'm glad you reached out. Personal statements are pretty common in college applications, especially when it comes to four-year universities and selective schools. They often want to get to know you beyond just your grades and test scores. However, it's not a universal rule. Some colleges, often including community colleges or certain technical schools, might not require a personal statement.

For the schools that do require them, it's definitely your chance to shine and offer a glimpse into your personality, values, and passions. Think of it as your moment to tell your unique story that isn’t evident from other parts of your application. Have you had an important experience that shaped you? This is the place to tell that tale.

If you’re applying to a mix of colleges, you’ll likely need to write at least one solid personal statement. A good strategy is to write a strong main essay that you can tweak to align with different schools’ specific prompts or values. Just a heads-up, if you're applying via the Common Application, which many students find convenient, a personal statement is part of the package, and that single essay gets sent to all the schools you apply to through the platform.

So while it might not be a must for every single application, having a personal statement ready to go is a pretty good bet. Keep up the great work and good luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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