Writing your personal statement

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You are required to complete a personal statement as part of your transfer application. This is a critical part of your application, both for admission and scholarship consideration. Quality of writing and depth of content both contribute toward a meaningful and relevant personal statement. Here are some tips on how to write a great college essay.

Personal statement (750 - 1,000 words)

Transfer applicants are asked to address the following writing prompt:

Describe how personal, professional or educational experiences have shaped your academic, career and/or personal goals. How will UW Tacoma help you attain these goals?

Tips for success

  • Tell us who you are.
    We encourage you to share those aspects of your life that are not apparent from your transcripts. Be concise, but tell the whole story even if you need a little more space. All of the information you provide in your application and statement will remain confidential.
  • Be specific.
    Personal Statements too often include sentences such as "I've always wanted to be a Husky" or "My whole family attended the UW." Though this may be important to you personally, such statements are not particularly valuable to the Admissions staff. Why? Because they don't tell us anything distinctive about your experiences and ultimate goals.
  • You are a college student.
    Your Personal Statement should reflect the experience and maturity of someone who has already attended college. It should reflect your understanding of the components of an undergraduate education, such as general education and the major. We want to read how your academic and personal experience to date fits into your academic, career and personal goals and how UW Tacoma can help you attain these goals.

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.