Plan your statement by analyzing the prompt to which you must respond.

Bring a strong focus to your writing.

Write with confidence and authority.



Understanding what information is important to your reader is the first step. Planning your response is the second.

  • Focus on the prompt and be sure  that you are answering each aspect of it; effective planning is


  • Include the most relevant information while retaining a personal feel.
  • Speak directly to the reader about the education and experiences that have inspired you to

apply to the graduate program.

  • Show insight into your strengths and challenges.
  • Develop your ideas into a narrative in which the reader understands important aspects of your

experience and personality, as well as the skills and competencies you have achieved.

  • Write a strong and convincing conclusion.

Hear What Graduates are Saying:

Sonal RastogiColonie, NY
I wanted to thank you again for all your help with my applications. I am so excited to share that I have been accepted into Columbia's Department of Epidemiology MPH program with a certificate in Epidemiology of Chronic Disease. I will keep you posted if I hear back from anywhere else!
Matthew CarliSaratoga, NY
I received responses from all the programs that I applied to. Of all the schools (Harvard Extension, Columbia, NYU, Tufts, Stonybrook, Rochester, and Bennington) only Bennington did not offer me a spot!  I ended up deciding on Harvard Extension, so I'll be moving to Cambridge come fall. I just wanted to say thank you for the help and advice you gave me, it made the whole process much easier.
Alex RiasQueens, NY
…thanks to the help of you and others who helped polish my applications, I received a number of favorable offers. After much deliberation, I decided to accept Cardozo Law's offer of admission to the class of 2017!