Statement of purpose

A statement of purpose, or personal statement, is a brief and focused essay about one's career or research goals, and is frequently required for applicants to universities, graduate schools, and professional schools. A statement of purpose (SoP) is a concise essay about one's career goals, identified means to achieve them and accomplishments so far towards those goals. It is a required document when applying for admission to most professional programs in the United States. Often, SoP is used as a yardstick to assess the capabilities of a prospective student in terms of critical thinking, analytical abilities, interests, aims and aspirations. It is a good way for an applicant to communicate with the admissions committee. Most admissions committees look for a short, crisp and ideologically clear SoP. It is also known as Graduate School Essay. Other universities sometimes call it a "Letter of Intent", "Letter of Intention", "Statement of Intent", "Statement of Intention", "Statement of Interest", "Goals Statement", "Personal Statement", "Personal Narrative" or "Application Essay". The name can be just a name but often it influences content and length of the essay. Every university has its own regulations but most of the time it will be 1-2 pages.

External links

* [http://www.princetonreview.com/grad/apply/articles/application/purpose.asp The Princeton Review - Writing the Statement of Purpose]
* [https://career.berkeley.edu/Grad/GradStatement.stm University of California Career Center - Graduate School Statement]
* [http://www.english.ucsb.edu/undergrad/aftermajor/statement-of-purpose.asp University of California English Department - Hints from people who read many Statements of Purpose]
* [http://www.cs.umd.edu/Grad/sop.html Tips on Writing a Statement of Purpose]
* [http://www.uni.edu/~gotera/gradapp/stmtpurpose.htm How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose]
* [http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/gcallaghan/graduate/winningstatement.htm Writing a Statement of Purpose]
* [http://career.berkeley.edu/Grad/GradStatement.stm Career Center - Graduate School - Statement]


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