Personal Statements for College Entrance

You all know that colleges look at high school GPAs and SAT scores to determine college entrance. Many schools also require an essay or personal statement. Some colleges require that you write on a particular topic such as: "Describe an incident which changed your life" or "State why you would like to attend this college and what you can offer to this college." Other colleges will leave it entirely up to you and only prescribe the length.  Here's one hot off the web page from Tutf's University:  “What does #YOLO mean to you?”

Here is a personal statement "tool kit" recommended by Ms. Burns:


Beginning in 2017, the University of California system have a new essay format. You must write 4 of 8 essays, each no more than 350 words. The prompts are found at here.

Common Application Personal Essays

Personal Statement Videos

NPR - What admissions really think.

UC Personal Insight Questions & Other Tips

University of Chicago Essays

The Costco Essay

College Admissions and Applications Resources



1. Do the colleges you want to attend require a personal statement? If so, what are the instructions?

2. Write the require personal statement. Due second Friday of Oct. If none of your colleges require a personal essay, write an essay for a scholarship or you may send me an email stating you do not need to write a personal essay and you don't need any money from a scholarship.

3. Please email your essays or letters to    Your email subject line is Personal Statement. Put your name and period number on your email. Paste your personal statement directly into the text of the email (no sharing or attachments).

See previously written personal essays as examples.
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