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Personal Statement

Please note, this information pertains to the Fall 2022 application cycle.

The personal statement is your opportunity to communicate directly with the Admissions Committee. Applicants are welcome to submit anything that helps tell their story, being mindful and thoughtful about the quantity and quality of information shared. Share information not included elsewhere in your application.

Submission of a personal statement or the Common Application essay is required for scholarship consideration or those applying test-optional. It may increase the likelihood that you are considered for guaranteed admission programs or given special consideration due to extenuating circumstances.

The personal statement can be submitted with your application. This can be the University of Pittsburgh Application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application–we accept all three and do not prefer one over the other. If you have already completed the application, you may complete the personal statement online.

If you are an international applicant, please complete a Short Answer Question instead of a personal statement.

Students are the curators of their own life stories. As such, applicants are welcome to submit anything that helps tell their story—being mindful and thoughtful about the quantity and quality of information shared.” — Kellie Kane, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Executive Director of Admissions

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