Personal Statement

In this document, you should indicate how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This is not an Academic Statement of Purpose, but a discussion of the personal journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree in Robotics.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I combine the Personal Statement with the Statement of Purpose in one document?

A: No. We ask that all applicants submit two separate documents for the Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement. If an applicant submits one document we will contact them to request two separate documents. The Graduate Admission Committee requires two separate documents.

Q: Are there specific guidelines for formatting?

A: No there are no formatting guidelines in regards to font type, font size, etc.

Q: What should I include in the Personal Statement (PS)?

A: The Personal Statement is an essay about how an applicant’s background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, and educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated the decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if an applicant grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, they might discuss the impact this had on their development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that led to the decision to seek a graduate degree.

Q: How long should the Personal Statement be?

A: The PS document should only be 500 words or less.

Q: Can I submit an edited Personal Statement?

A: No. Please review all application materials before submitting your application. 

Please note that once an applicant submits their online application, no changes to the Personal Statement, Academic Statement of Purpose Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and Application can be modified online.