Writing your personal statement

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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. Content, as well as the form, spelling, grammar, and punctuation will be considered. When you write your personal statement, tell us about the aspects of your life that are not apparent from your academic record.

Personal statement (400-600 words)

Students will 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.

Tips for Success

Write your statement first in a word processing program (such as Word). Then copy/paste your work into the application text box.

Here are some tips on how to write a great college essay.