A variety of experiences tell the Admissions Committee a lot about a person.  Industry, energy, drive and motivation can all be assessed to some degree by reviewing an applicant’s personal biography.  It can tell the committee valuable things about reaching outside the comfort zone, striving to have experiences that provide new and different perspectives for an applicant, which then bring diversity to the student body.  The experiences in the personal biography section of an applicant are very valuable to the Admissions Committee.

Student Government
Awards, Academic and Non-academic
Membership in honor societies, sororities and fraternities
Competitive scholarships and awards
Academic recognition on dean’s list or similar
Leadership position experiences
Leadership experiences beyond officer positions, including positions of responsibility, mentorship
Extracurricular Activities
Leisure time experiences or accomplishments
Hobbies or special talents
Taking hobby to a higher level (journaling books, exploring further)
Work experiences
Employment history, including working in college
Research coursework, training and lab work
Research resulting in publication, presentation, or posters
Research presentations and posters at local, regional or national meetings
Participating in research journal clubs and research teams
Experience in research and knowledge of the project
Health Care related experiences
Experience with physician mentors or preceptors
Evidence of a realistic and practical knowledge of the practice of medicine
Background or experience in a health professions shortage area
Community Service and “volunteer” related activities
Community service that connects the applicant in a personal way
Community service that connects the applicant with a new experience
Potential to serve in an area of need, as evidenced by experiences


Languages spoken or learned
Other Cultures explored
Race, Gender, ethnicity
Experiences with individuals sharing different cultural viewpoints
Goals for the future, short term and long term
What the applicant has reached to accomplish
What the applicant has taught him- or herself
Family educational/occupational background
First generation undergrad or graduate school
Socioeconomic background
Challenges to personal and family life
Success in overcoming adverse personal, family, or “life” conditions/experiences