Many universities require students to submit some form of writing as part of their application package. The requirements will be quite different depending on the country and the college. 

The essay is a crucial part of the application package as it allows the reader to get to know you beyond your transcript, list of activities, standardized test scores, and IB Predicted Grades. After all, there really is a LOT more to who you are than the “data” of your application. This adds to the “voice” of your application.

United Kingdom Personal Statement

  • Course/Subject Specific
  • Read by tutors from the course
  • Only 1 Required
  • Narrative CV
  • Video Tutorial

United States Application Essays

  • Student Voice
  • NOT Subject Specific
  • Read by university admissions office
  • Personal Reflection
  • What is it?