Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what it important to you.

While spelling and grammar is important (yes, use spell-check!), we truly value your honesty and authenticity. Personal statements should be between 250 and 500 words (roughly a half of page to a page of typed writing). If you want to get the process started you may submit your personal statement in advance of your application by emailing it (as an attachment or just in the body of the email) to

Personal Statement Prompts for Fall 2019

  • Take some time to reflect and expand on the faith statement you have already submitted for your application.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Describe one of the major goals you have in life and discuss how a Christ-centered, educational experience at Houghton would help you accomplish that goal.