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University Personal Statement Examples

Writing a UCAS Personal Statement

So, you’re applying to university and now you’re faced with the difficult task of putting together a personal statement. You may be wondering what to write, how to format it and how to make yourself stand out as the amazing prospect that you are. Panic not, for we are here to help you create an awesome personal statement.

Not only do we provide examples of statements for you to utilise, but we also discuss top tips for preparing and writing your own. In addition, our samples will give you ideas for formatting your document and ideas for how to connect with your course and university through your writing.

A personal statement is your big chance to stand out from the crowd. A good one can prove the difference in securing your university place. We hope that the information and examples on this page will set you on your way to getting the university place you most desire.

UCAS Personal Statement Examples

Browse hundreds of different examples by subject. All personal statement examples are are success-only. Please do not copy or use the below, UCAS will only reject your application and this will affect your application.

UCAS Personal Statement Examples

Browse through hundreds of personal statement examples by university. All of the personal statements on this site are taken from 2016 and these are success-only examples. Please do not copy or use these examples, UCAS will reject your application and it will affect your UCAS application.

Personal Statement Advice (Articles)

Taken from University Compare’s users who have managed to successfully make their way into university, our personal statement templates will let you see what it is that universities are looking for. Our templates are all made up of the little details that you need to get going. The templates that are here have all been approved, have been checked for plagiarism and are all unique! So take a look at the examples below and get inspired!

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Tips for writing a UCAS Personal Statement

Your UCAS Personal Statement is easily the most crucial part of your university application, it allows you to show off a bit and show why you stand out from other candidates! A UCAS Personal Statement gives you 4,000 characters to tell everyone what you’re like, what you can do, and how passionate you are about the course that you’re applying for. Mentioning your A-Levels and GCSE results (or predicted results) is helpful, but the university want to know about you! What makes you tick? Why have you got an interest in the subject you’re applying for? What about the subject interests you and why?

These are all the questions that you’ll need to answer in your UCAS Personal Statement.

What is a Personal Statement?

A Personal Statement is an essay that you write about yourself that explains why you’d be a good student for a university and why you’re interested in your course. But more than that, this is a chance for you to display your passion for the subject. Your UCAS Personal Statement will fit the bill of “One size fits all”. This basically means that your Personal Statement should not be specific to one university. Your Personal Statement needs to show your passion for the course you’re looking to study rather than the university itself, don’t make the mistake of tailoring your UCAS Personal Statement to a university, rather than a course.

How long should I spend on my Personal Statement?

A Personal Statement should not be rushed! Plenty of students believe that you can write a Personal Statement the night before the deadline and just upload it to UCAS from there! Do not rush your Personal Statement. The more you rush it, the more the quality will suffer as a result.

A Personal Statement is a document that shows how passionate you are, so why not look up some quotes and see if you can incorporate these into your statement or see if you can make a connection between a certain hobby you have and how it can help you in your studies?

How do I write a Personal Statement?

Writing anything comes under the label of “Different strokes for different folks”. Whatever works for you is best. It is not uncommon for a student to go through several different drafts of a Personal Statement before coming to a final decision on which one to use. Your Personal Statement will most likely go through several different iterations before you settle on the finished product.

When does my Personal Statement need to be completed?

Personal Statements all need to be handed into UCAS around January 15th. Some institutions may have their own separate, internal deadlines to allow faculty members to evaluate your Personal Statement and see if there is anything that needs improvement as well, so check beforehand.

Is there anyone who can help me with my Personal Statement?

Yes, there are! You can speak to careers advisors, look up advice online, check out previous UCAS Personal Statement examples or Personal Statement templates or even use a Personal Statement Editor, to help you with your Personal Statement. Taking your Personal Statement to a tutor or teacher to have them check the work is a good idea too. Tutors and teachers will have seen many different Personal Statements over their time and they will all know the pitfalls and clichés that come with writing student Personal Statements.

Most universities will list Personal Statement guides on their websites as well, just to give you an idea of what they’re looking for.

Should I embellish anything on my Personal Statement?

Absolutely not! As with everything in life, the truth will always come out in the end, and lying on your Personal Statement is no different. Saying that you can speak five different languages when you can’t, is going to land you in a whole heap of trouble.

Universities have a way of finding things out about students and discover if they’re lying or not. This may be through simple background checks (routine phone calls to your previous schools or colleges) or simply asking you to prove yourself at interview stage if you are invited to one, and then the house of cards will come clattering down. It’s best, to be honest, and truthful, there will no doubt be enough for you to boast about without having to lie!

Where do I send off my Personal Statement?

Your Personal Statement will need to be sent off to UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You will need to log onto your UCAS Portal and upload your Personal Statement onto the internal system. This will submit your Personal Statement to your university choices and your university application will have begun.

What should I do when I’ve sent my Personal Statement off to UCAS?

Stop. All you need to do is just stop. The more you think about your Personal Statement after you’ve sent it off, the more you’ll start to drive yourself mad!  We recommend that once your Personal Statement has been sent off, you just relax and focus on everything else you’ve got going on. Constantly checking your UCAS Personal Statement means that you will end up never being happy with it, be confident in yourself and your abilities and it will all be fine!

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