Many graduate schools report that the Statement of Purpose is the single most important part of an application. If you’re applying to graduate school, it is the only aspect that you control from beginning to end – you cannot write your own letters of recommendation, change your GPA, or retake the GRE with your own set of questions – but you can control what your Statement of Purpose says about you and your ambitions.

Whether you need step-by-step instructions, or would just like to read a few examples of strong Statements of Purpose, we’re here to help. Our samples are user contributed, successful Statements of Purpose compiled to help you refine your own.