How to write a personal statement

Much like a cover letter, your personal statement should be relevant, well-written and uniquely about you. It's your opportunity to explain or expand upon the other documents you submit as part of your application. Here are our top tips to ensure you give yourself the best chance possible.

If you're applying through VTAC, please visit the VTAC website for more information on VTAC requirements.

Write a personal statement that gets you noticed

Your personal statement could be the difference between you getting a place at Deakin or missing out. If you don't quite meet your course entry requirements or criteria, it's an alternative way for our admissions team to assess your application and learn more about you and your strengths. So don't be afraid to gloat!

This is your chance to let us know why you would make a great Deakin student or why you may not have previously performed as well as you know you could.

Tell us about your experience

Keep in mind that your statement should be relevant to and demonstrate your commitment and interest in the course or study area you're applying for.

Talk about what you're good at and what you're proud of. Start writing a list that includes:

  • achievements
  • work experience
  • skills
  • obstacles you've overcome.

Include any voluntary work or activities, as these are a great reflection of who you are as a person and what you believe in.

Pro tip: keep it brief. Avoid padding it out with generic or unrelated information.

Don't leave it to the last minute

Allow yourself time to revise and refine, getting rid of any information that's superfluous or repeated. Draft and re-draft your personal statement. If you leave it to the last minute and write it in a hurry, it will show.

Double-check your writing

It may seem obvious, but getting your spelling and grammar right is important. Choose a tense and stick with it. Watch out for spelling mistakes. Are any words missing or are you repeating yourself?

Get someone to look over it

Ask a friend, family member or colleague to look over it. Someone with fresh eyes to pick up any errors or inconsistencies you may have missed. If you're brave enough, listen to them reading it out loud.

Have you read the requirements?

Each course can differ in application requirements. Before submitting, double-check you’re using the right format and meeting the word length.

You must submit your personal statement as a PDF:

  • check your spacing and layout doesn't change when you convert your document
  • keep margins and fonts consistent
  • don't use lots of distracting colours.

Pro tip: keep it simple and in a format that's easy to read.

Most important tip: write it yourself

Don't lose what makes you unique by asking someone else to write your personal statement. Only you can express what you're passionate about and why.

Get in touch

We're committed to giving you all the support and assistance you need throughout the application process. Chat with our application experts on 1800 693 888 if you need advice.

Head to our Deakin Application Portal when you're ready to take the next step.