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Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose For Students Applying to USA Universities

What is a Statement of Purpose?

Statement of Purpose (SOP) is also referred to as a statement or letter of intent. This is usually submitted as a sort of personal essay. When students are applying to international universities, they are required to submit a Statement of Purpose which plays a very crucial role in the universities' application abroad. SOP articulates the individual's paths and goals. It is basically a self-reflection which students are representing to the international universities to acquire admission.

Why is the Statement of Purpose important?

SOP is an important part of your USA university application especially of you are applying in the master's program. SOP is only required for the USA university application and not for the visa purpose.

It helps the admission committee assess your personality, academic background, interests, career goals, motivation to study the intended course, subject knowledge, and vision. Most of the USA universities are look for candidates with extra-curricular activities community services.

In short, a well-written SOP paints your overall personality for the schools and impacts difference while you admission decision. SOP also reflects how well you'll express your thoughts using your writing skills, universities can also asses' your English writing skills as well. A good SOP should be free from grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and plagiarism.

The SOP should have a 2-3 page limit, exceeding the word limit can create a negative impact.

What should be included within the Statement of Purpose?

There are several elements that are vital for your Statement of Purpose. These include:

  • Interest and hobbies.
  • Include your achievements related to the selected field.
  • Why student have selected the USA as their study destination?
  • Which program are you interested in and why?
  • Financial details?
  • Describe any challenges you have faced in live and how you have overcome.
  • Post-graduation plans
  • Reasons for why you have selected a particular university.

Your SOP should be unique and presents your personality

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