Inside Ph.D. admissions: What readers look for in a Statement of Purpose

Nathan Schneider
Jul 23 · 6 min read






How long should my SOP be?

How should I go about writing the SOP?

Should I discuss nonacademic activities/achievements?

Should I comment on weaknesses in my application (such as some bad grades)?

Where can I find examples?

Nathan Schneider

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Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science, Georgetown University ▪

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