Tacoma

Writing your personal statement

You are required to complete a Personal Statement as part of your freshman application. This is a critical part of your application, both for admission and scholarship consideration. Here are some tips on how to write a great college essay.

Personal statement (max 600 words)

Content, as well as form, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, will be considered. You should write your statement first in a word processing program (such as Word) or a text editor, and then copy/paste it into the application text box. Formatting such as italics and underlines may be lost.

The Personal Statement is our best means of getting to know you. The Personal Statement is a very important part of the application for admission to UW Tacoma.

Students must choose one of the following prompts:

1.) Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

OR

2.) Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.

OR

3.) An essay topic of your choice. If you have written another admissions essay that captures what you want the UW Tacoma Admissions Committee to know about, feel free to share it with us. Be sure to include the topic or question you answered. 

Other comments (optional)

If there is anything else you think we should know, you can include that in the "Other Comments" section of the application.