The Personal Statement

Medical schools receive thousands of applications from applicants with strong GPAs and MCAT/DAT scores. The personal statement plays a significant role in determining who gets an interview, and you can greatly improve your chances by submitting a well-written and interesting essay. This is your opportunity to describe who you are and why you are uniquely qualified for a career in the health professions.

AMCAS applications provide available space for 5300 characters (spaces and punctuation are counted as characters), AACOMAS applications are limited to 4,500 characters. ADSDAS allows for 4500 characters. VMCAS asks you to answer 3 questions and each is limited to 1,000 characters. The questions are: (1) There are many career choices within the veterinary profession.  What are your future career goals and why?, (2) In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?, (3) Considering the breadth of society we serve as veterinarians today; what attributes do you believe are essential to be successful in the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?

The personal statement is one of the most important parts of your application and should be done in a series of ever-improving drafts. DON’T wait until the last minute.

If you would like feedback,

  • Schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling (207) 786-6232
  • Make an appointment with Louise Brogan STEM Support Specialist lbrogan@bates.edu
  • Or attend the personal statement workshop held in December.

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