How to Create a Personal Profile for College

Updated March 23, 2017

Completing an admissions application is a requirement for all colleges and universities across the U.S., although each school has its own application. Some simply require students to fill out an application form that lists their basic personal information and educational history while others require recommendation letters, interviews with college representatives or a personal profile from the applicant. While the latter may seem daunting at first, anyone can create a personal profile for college admissions.

Determine the purpose of the profile. Learn exactly what your personal profile will be used for, so you know exactly what information it should contain. Ask the admissions representative you toured with and have been in contact with what the purpose of the profile is and how it is used in the admissions selection process. Find out if the representative has any tips on what to include or ways to help your profile stand out from other students.

Discuss your academic interests. Explain why you're interested in attending the specific school to which you're applying. Detail what subject you've chosen to study and what your career plans are once you receive your degree.

Highlight your experience. Provide information about work, volunteer and school experiences that have prepared you for your chosen career field. Discuss how your experience has prepared you to be a successful student at the college or university you want to attend, and list any honours or awards you've received.

Outline your skills. Write about the skills and personal characteristics that you can bring to the college if accepted for admission. Sell the admissions committee on why you're the perfect student to represent their institution and why they should choose you over other students.

Proofread your profile. Type your personal profile using word-processing software and run it through spelling and grammar check. Read through it to make sure it flows and there are no awkward sentences. Ask a teacher or your parents to proofread it as well since they may spot mistakes you overlooked. Send it in with your admissions application once you're certain it contains no mistakes.

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Allison Dodge has been a writer since 2005, specializing in education, careers, health and travel. She has worked at educational institutions for more than 10 years. Dodge has a master's degree in education administration.