Personal Statement

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.

A personal statement or the Common Application essay is required to be considered for scholarships or if 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 here.

All international applicants are required to complete a Short Answer Question in lieu of a personal statement.

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You may upload a PDF containing your statement, or you may enter your statement directly on this form.

How do you want to submit your statement?