Personal Statement

The Committee application requires a personal statement that cannot exceed 5000 characters, including spaces. Here 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 writing tutors in The Center for Excellence in Writing (209 Baldy Hall), can help you with some constructive feedback.

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

If you wish for a prehealth advisor to read your essay, please email it FIRST to and then call 716-645-6012 to set an appointment for at least 3-4 business days later, so we can review it carefully with you.

Current character limits for professional application essays are as follows:

  • AMCAS – 5300
  • AACOMAS – 4500
  • AADSAS – 4500
  • OPTOMCAS – 4500
  • CASPA – 5000