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Personal Statements

Personal statements, statements of interest, or graduate school application essays all require you to reflect upon your experiences and accomplishments as an undergraduate as you plan your next steps.  The College of Literature Science and Arts provides several resources and supports LSA students writing these statements.

Please note: We can only offer this service to LSA students. We are able to offer support to LSA graduates. Please explain you are a LSA graduate at the time of making your appointment via email ( or phone (734) 764-0332. Students in other colleges should contact the advising office of their respective college for writing assistance most related to their undergraduate academic experience. 


Writing Consultants at Newnan

In collaboration with pre-law, pre-health, Honors, and other expert advisors, Writing Consultants at Newnan support students in the writing and reflection work necessary to craft excellent application essays for graduate, law, and health-professional schools. We are here to help with your transitions beyond the University of Michigan, reflecting upon your Michigan Experience as a whole. (NOTE: The Writing Consultants at Newnan do not address writing for undergraduate opportunities, such as internship essays or student employment cover letters.)

Getting Started with a Writing Consultant

  • View the Canvas tutorial "Personal Statements 101." It will help you avoid common pitfalls and introduce you to practices that will produce more impactful first drafts.
  • Make an appointment with a Writing Consultant at Newnan by calling (734) 764-0332.
  • Email your drafts (Google Docs or Word) to the Consultant, at least 24 hrs in advance of appointment.
  • Please send no more than two essays (~ 1000 words) per appointment. If more than one essay, please clearly indicate the order of priority.
  • Please include the prompt for each essay at the head of the document as well as character or word count limits. 


The LSA Opportunity Hub

Coaches at the LSA Opportunity Hub are available to help you with personal statements as well as other wrap around services focused on your next steps. 


Sweetland Peer Writing Center (Online & eTutoring)

Students like you are available to discuss your personal statement through the Sweetland Peer Writing Center . Read here to make an appointment .  (NOTE: the Writing Workshop does not review personal statements. Be sure to schedule with the Sweetland Peer Writing Center)