The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Writer's Handbook
Writing Application Essays

Application essays and personal statements

Use the links below to learn about writing application essays and personal statements.

These pages will give you some general guidelines and an opportunity to start writing.

There is no substitute, however, for talking to people in the program to which you're applying and to admissions committee members if possible.

The most effective essays develop from a good understanding of what is required for each particular program.

When possible, have others read your essay, especially people who have some familiarity with this type of essay.