Make your UCAS personal statement stand out
Your personal statement can be the deciding factor for a university to make you an offer, so get the facts on what to do, and what not to do. This is your chance to tell a college or university in 47 lines or 4,000 characters why they should choose you.
- highlight your skills: explain what qualities you have gained from your experiences
- do your research: make sure you check the individual institution websites of where you’re applying to as they may give specific criteria
- stand out from the crowd: make your personal statement memorable
- proofread it: first impressions count for a lot, so make sure your spelling and grammar are flawless
- make it clear: make sure your statement is in a logical order, clear and easy to read.
You should not:
- look like everyone else: check out the most overused opening statements and avoid them.
- repeat things: don’t start every sentence with “I”, or copy things already on your UCAS form
- be someone else: do not lie, plagiarise, or use elaborate language
- leave it until the last minute: you might leave out important information.
Remember to leave plenty of time to write your personal statement, as rushing it could lead to you leaving out important information.