Why every applicant must submit a personal statement: Your personal statement is an important part of your application for admission. It provides you with the opportunity to discuss aspect of your life that may not be apparent from information provided on your application, transcripts, WSA or English Proficiency scores.
Topics: Please write your personal statement on one of the following three topics. If only part of a topic pertains to you, answer that part.
1.) Briefly describe your goals. Please relate any challenges and opportunities involved in meeting these goals and how you have addressed them. If you have college and/or community service, employment, or other experience that complements your academic or career goals, include it here, and indicate the time period and frequency of involvement (e.g. "once a week for two years").
2.) Briefly discuss you college career to date. Do you feel that your grades accurately reflect your ability? If you've had to interrupt you college career or attend part-time in order to meet other responsibilities or obligations, describe them.
3.) Discuss aspects of your life that may not be evident through a review of your academic record. You may include cultural experiences that would enrich the diversity of the Milgard School of Business and the UW Tacoma community; social and economic disadvantages that you may have had to overcome; growing up in an unusual environment and how it affected you.
Format: Personal Statement should be no longer than two pages, double spaced, minimum 10-point font size.
Tips: Be specific. Don't spend your time telling us things such as "I've always wanted to attend the Milgard School of Business because I want a business degree" or "My whole family graduated from the UW, so naturally I want to be a part of this tradition." Such reasons are perfectly legitimate, but they aren't valuable to the process. Why? Because they don't tell us anything distinctive about you. We want to know what makes you unique. Give us details and specific examples.
Your personal statement is an important part of your application for admission. It provides you with the opportunity to discuss aspects of your life that may not be apparent from information provided on your application, transcripts, WSA, or English Proficiency scores.
REMINDER! Please review the entire application to make sure it is complete before you submit your application.
After you submit the application, you will not be able to go back and edit your answers or start a new application.