Personal Statement

The admission process at Houghton is highly personal. We want to get to know you and find out what you are passionate about and how you see yourself benefiting from and contributing to the Houghton College community. The personal statement on our application is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story. We are excited to announce that we have expanded the options for students to allow them the widest range of personal statement prompts to truly reflect who they are.

Note that the personal statement is just that - a story about who you are or something that is important to you. While we do want to see that you have dotted all of your i's and crossed all of your t's (translation - use spell-check!), it is most important that you are honest and authentic. We expect personal statements to be between 250 and 500 words (roughly a half of page to a page of typed writing).

Our application for admission goes live for the fall 2018 application cycle on August 1. We are giving you a head-start and sneak-peak by releasing our personal statement prompts early.

Personal Statement Prompts for Fall 2018

  • Take some time to reflect and expand on the faith statement you have already submitted for your application.
  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

If you are a go-getter and want to get the process started - you may submit your personal statement in advance of the application by emailing it (as an attachment or just in the body of the email) to admission@houghton.edu.

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