How to write a personal statement: A few things to put in yours

A personal statement is like a short reflective essay you write about why you’re the perfect candidate for the undergraduate degree course/s you’re applying to. 

It’s a key part of your application and is read by admissions tutors at the universities you apply to, who’ll decide whether to offer you a place or not.

Your personal statement is where you can distinguish yourself from these other candidates. It’s where you can fill in the picture a tutor has of you in their head, and where you can leave a real impression that makes them want to meet you, or offer you a place.

If you’re invited to attend an interview, your personal statement is an opportunity to shape what you will be asked about – very useful if the thought of an interview terrifies you! At the very least, something in your statement could serve as a friendly icebreaker to ease you in.

If you fall slightly short of the grades you need on results day, it’s a distinct possibility that your personal statement could clinch your place for you. Universities will often prefer to give it to you if your statement shows the kind of commitment and enthusiasm they’re looking for, rather than offer it to someone else who didn’t apply to them first time around.  

How to write it?

Personal statement examples – get tips and ideas from these examples

Drafting your statement? Build your draft and get tailored tips – try UCAS tool

No two personal statements should be the same (the clue is in the personal!) but there are certain rules to approaching it, regardless of your subject.

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