As a part of the admissions review, the Admissions Committee is interested in hearing the story of your academic journey. The personal statement is a required component of the application process. Please write a short essay (three to five thought-out paragraphs) that describe your previous academic experiences and your future goals to the committee.

The following prompt below should be followed to organize your thoughts.

  1. Early influences. What internal forces (beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors) and external forces (people, events, or circumstances) helped to shape your decisions and performance earlier in your collegiate experience?
  2. Current influences. What internal and external forces have shaped your recent collegiate experience (if applicable) or your recent desire to return to college?
  3. Future goals. What are your academic and professional goals? Why have you selected your major of choice? Why do you think Stevenson is a good fit for you to pursue your academic goals? What have you learned from your academic journey and life experiences and how will these lessons positively influence your future academic experience?

Once you have completed your personal statement, please email it either to your Enrollment Counselor or to Please include your full name within the email. Applicants may be asked to submit a more detailed response if necessary.