Academic Statement Review Checklist

Keep these things in mind as you prepare, compose, and review your Academic Statement

Academic Statement Review Checklist

The purpose of an Academic Statement is to serve you, the writer, in both planning your degree path as well as clarifying it to an outside audience once you graduate. After submitting your Final Statement for graduation, it will be the first thing future employers, graduate schools, and others see when they view your transcripts. The style and content of your statement is entirely up to you, but in order for it to serve you best you will want to keep certain considerations in mind.

Annual Statements should:

  • Describe what you have learned and what you want to do next
  • Show how you challenge yourself to meet your own as well as Evergreen’s Six Expectations
  • Enrich, clarify, and focus your transcript

Final Statements should:

  • Be clear to an outsider (graduate school admissions officer, employer) who has no knowledge of Evergreen’s pedagogical structure, its programs, or acronyms.
  • Describe what you have accomplished at Evergreen—referencing concrete details, for example:
    • Responsibility for learning, collaboration, appreciation of diversity, communication skills, critical thinking, self-reflection, synthesis of learning, appreciation of breadth and depth of learning
    • Effective application of qualitative, quantitative and creative modes of inquiry to practical and theoretical problems across disciplines through research projects, community or field-based work, math, science, art, and writing
  • Be error-free (grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.).
  • Avoid acronyms, names of individuals, and language not applicable to Evergreen, i.e., majors, honors.
  • Consider the amount of personal information that you want to share and keep your options open for multiple unforeseen opportunities.

Your Final Statement becomes a permanent part of your transcript—once you submit the final draft, you cannot revise it anymore. We highly recommend you only include information that you would want seen by outside audiences, such as graduate schools or future employers for many years to come. Make sure that it has a general purpose and audience in mind.