Tips for crafting a winning personal statement for dental school

October 17, 2014

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A pre-dentistry student on her dentistry work experience placement in Tanzania When you apply for admission into dental schools, one of the documents that you will have to submit along with your cover letter and transcripts is your personal statement. This is an essay that is written with the aim of giving dental schools a clear picture of who you are and most importantly, why you want to pursue a career in dentistry.

While you may be able to write reams about who you are and why you want to become a dentist, it is really important that you do not ramble on when writing your essay. Every admission cycle, admissions personnel end up having to go through thousands of applications and giving them long-winded essays to read is not going to earn you any brownie points. The most compelling personal statement is one that manages to get the message across without straying from the main points. A typical personal statement should ideally not exceed 4,500 characters, which includes letters, numbers and spaces.

Although most dental schools have no fixed set of rules mandating what applicants’ personal statements should include, here are a few tips that will help you determine what you should write about and what you shouldn’t when composing this crucial document.


Here are a few don’ts to keep in mind when composing your personal statement: