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So, I'm resubmitting my application to UIS for next fall (I was going to start either last fall or this spring - but that fell through for obvious reasons). It shouldn't be hard to get admitted, but they require a Statement of Purpose, and I've never needed to complete one before. Normally you don't have to do this until grad school, but this is an online BS program, so I think they're trying to make sure that the online candidates are a good fit.

So, do any of you have a good example of a SoP that I could look at? I'm mostly looking for formatting - I'm pretty sure I can come up with 2 pages of content without much problem.

Thanks in advance!

(For those who are wondering, I have about enough raw credits to graduate, but I don't have the right credits in the right order, and ISU has apparently completely given up on the non-traditional student community altogether - unless you are able to take classes between 8am and 2pm, you might as well give up. I was really hoping to finish out my degree there and then take graduate level work, but I can't see any reasonable way to do that with my current career.)

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catalana
May. 2nd, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I don't have any good examples, but if you'd like me to take a look at it and give you feedback once you've drafted it, I'd be happy to.
celebrith
May. 2nd, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
I'll take you up on that...
Thanks, Erica. I'm hoping to have it (mostly) done this weekend, as there are only a few spots left in the Fall 2008 cohort and I need to get it in as quickly as possible.
celebrith
May. 5th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
1st draft done
I worked on the first draft yesterday and today in between working on Dad's estate, and finished it tonight. I sent a PDF copy to your earthlink address - I hope that is the right address.

Thanks again!
celebrith
May. 2nd, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I should point out that I did complete my AS last summer. Due to changes in the academic system over the past 20 years, if I would have tried to complete my degree at ISU I would have had to re-take a large percentage of the lower level courses (the stuff that is IAI now - when I started, it was called 'University Studies'). So, I transferred most of that into the local community college and finished out the required minimum 12 hours there, and that gets me an AS which I can then transfer back into ISU as completion of all of the IAI requirements - but in the meanwhile they've pretty much given up on evening courses, and they're WAY behind virtually any other campus on the planet as far as on-line course offerings go.
The program at UIS is really about tailor-made for my situation - I can complete the entire degree online without visiting campus at all (but campus is only about 75 minutes away if I need to go there), and it is fully accredited - plus my boss would really rather I had a U of I degree rather than an ISU degree...
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