Personal Statement

The Committee application requires a personal statement that cannot exceed 5,000 characters, including spaces. You will address important issues about yourself, usually related to why you want to enter a particular career. This is very hard work for students and usually requires much more time than most expect. Begin this at least several months before it is due, so you will have time to revise, think and revise again. An essay writing workshop is offered each February, but don’t wait until then to get started. You can reduce the angst of completing the personal statement section if you begin the process early. Remember that it’s difficult to write well. Good personal statements are usually the result of the time-honored process: revision, revision and revision.

The Prehealth Committee Application is your practice for this very important part of your professional school application; ask your interviewer for feedback.

A prehealth advisor can read your essay, but please note that due to time constraints, you can only set a personal statement review appointment one time per student per application cycle. Therefore, we strongly recommend having it reviewed first by multiple other sources, including faculty, friends or relatives with strong writing skills, other on-campus assistance, etc. The Center for Excellence in Writing (209 Baldy Hall) is a great resource that can help you with some constructive feedback.

Once you have a final draft that you would like a prehealth advisor to review, please email it first to You will then receive an automatic reply with the procedure to schedule your statement review appointment. At minimum, your appointment will be 3-5 business days later. This allows us time to carefully review your statement prior to your meeting.

Current character limits for professional application essays are as follows:

  • AMCAS – 5,300
  • AACOMAS – 5,300
  • AADSAS – 4,500
  • OPTOMCAS – 4,500
  • CASPA – 5,000
  • VMCAS - 3,000