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If you’re just starting your application, know the most important qualities that will impress an admissions officer. The latest annual survey of university admissions officers highlights the top qualities universities will look for in applicants’ personal statements, in addition to academic qualifications. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about some of the qualities you should try to exemplify in your college application.

1. A positive attitude toward education

Students must demonstrate that they are willing to work hard- that they are not applying to college just for social life, but that they will be able to handle the workload of their chosen course of study and thrive at a higher level of education.

In addition to good grades, students can demonstrate this in their personal statements by mentioning their dissertations or personal projects they have undertaken to expand their knowledge or skills. It is helpful to make a connection to your intended field of academic study. It is also important to show that you are able to manage your time and workload.

2. A passion for the subject of the chosen course

Students must demonstrate a passion for their chosen subject. An independent and prolonged interest in a subject beyond what is required in a class, personal achievement, and extracurricular activities can all help to illustrate this passion. It is beneficial for students to show how learning in and out of the classroom relates to their chosen course. Ultimately, passion and perseverance are qualities that are also highly sought after by employers, not just universities.

3. An ability to think and work independently

According to this year’s survey, nearly half of UK admissions officers believe that students are not ready to move on to higher education. Why do they think that? Well, 89% of those surveyed cite students’ inability to think and learn independently, while three-quarters think students lack social skills and, most worryingly, common sense. So it’s important to show that you are a well-rounded person outside of your studies.

4. An ability to persevere and complete tasks

Universities are looking for evidence that students are willing to go the distance and understand what that entails. Students need to show commitment and determination- 91% of college admissions officers look for evidence of these qualities in applications. If you are a member of a sports team, participate in school committees or boards, or even have a part-time job, it’s worth mentioning in your personal statement.

All of these roles demonstrate a sense of commitment and an ability to take on responsibility. You can also talk about any leadership experience you have gained or contributions you have made. You can also mention any additional qualifications, such as musical notes or courses such as lifesaving or first aid that you have taken.

5. An Inquiring Mind

Almost all college admissions officers (91%) look for evidence of an inquisitive mind in applications. Have you taken the initiative to read up on your subject outside of class? Have you researched a theory you’ve covered in a class? Talk about this in your personal statement- it shows not only an inquisitive mind but also a positive attitude toward studying, an interest in your course, and an ability to think and work independently.

6. Good written skills

Check, check, and check again that every word and sentence in your personal statement is spelled correctly, makes sense, and is grammatically correct. Have as many people as possible proofread it and check that it makes sense, including teachers who are used to helping college applicants. Admissions officers will notice errors, which may suggest a lack of attention and care on your part.

7. An ability to work well in a group


If you are part of a sports team, committee, club, or other group where you work with others, include this in your application to show that you are a team player. Many courses require group work, and universities will also want to see evidence of how you can contribute to the institution as a whole, whether it’s by being part of the student union, joining a society, or starting a new club.


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