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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.

Personal statement (650 words max)

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 two prompts:

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

Or

2.) Discuss how your family's experience or cultural history enriched you or present you with opportunities or challenges in pursuing your educational 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.