statement is a one-page essay (not to exceed 4,500 characters, including
spaces, carriages, numbers, letters, etc.) that gives dental schools a clear
picture of who you are and, most importantly, why you want to pursue a career
Although there is no
set of rules mandating what a strong personal statement should include, here
are a few tips to help you successfully craft a winning personal statement:
there a defining moment that helped steer you toward a career in
dentistry? If so, consider using
that moment as the focal point of your essay.
colorful, positive, imaginative and personal when discussing why
you’re a good candidate for dental school. Ask
yourself—in a pile of 100 applications, would I enjoy reading my
statement? Be sure to convey your passion for dentistry in your statement.
yourself. Don’t use jargon,
clichés or big phrases that you would not use in daily conversation.
Remember, dental schools want to know about the real you.
original and thoughtful: Discuss how
you would contribute to the profession and patient care, all of which will
help you stand out from other applicants.
- Tell your story—make
sure the essay is your story, not someone else’s.
a friend. Ask a friend, relative or
faculty advisor to read your essay and provide constructive
criticism. Ask them to think about whether the essay is a good
representation of your character, and what they know of your ideals and
yourself time to organize your thoughts, write well and edit as necessary. And
don’t forget to proofread, proofread, proofread!
Here are a few things to avoid when writing
your personal statement:
- Writing what you think the
admissions committee wants to hear.
- Using a gimmicky style or
- Summarizing your resume or
repeating information directly from your transcripts or recommendation
- Emphasizing the negative.
- Waiting until the last minute
to get started on your statement.