At any level of higher education, the ability to convey your candidacy in writing is an essential skill. For prospective graduate students, understanding the ins and outs of a personal statement is the first step toward increasing your chances of admission.
With that in mind, let’s compare a familiar ‘known’ (the college essay) to a relative unknown (the personal statement). Here are three ways in which the two are distinct from one another:
The bottom line: Admissions officers have thousands of applications to read and only so many hours in a day. With an 8-10 minute first read of a student’s application, it’s important to make a lasting impression as quickly as you can.
As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.