Examples of Awesome Personal Statements

Write your own awesome personal statement with our COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY LAB, which will guide you through the process, providing tips and even more examples along the way.

Before you start, check out our own sample essays—or scroll down for the Best of the Web. Whether you’re an athlete, a minority, or no one special (or, uh, probably some combination), we’ve got you covered.

No One Special



Emotional Hardship

Physical Hardship

International Student

Special Skills

Non-Traditional Age

Some are surprising and some are clever, but they’re all good examples of a “hook,” not
the kind with the pointy
but something that writers use to grab their reader’s
attention and make them want to keep reading.

Grab Them with the First

Stanford Magazine compiled the following list of great
opening lines written by hopeful Stanford applicants.

Essays That Worked
Connecticut College posts a list of college essays

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