The best Statements of Purpose are those which demonstrate that the applicant has researched the Georgetown Math/Stat program, is familiar with its goals and approaches, and understands how it can enable his or her career. Rambling prose conveying ideas such as the beauty and challenge of mathematics will be read and understood but is not ultimately very helpful. It is better to provide reasons for wanting to be part of the program and articulate ways that the degree will be a professional benefit. It is best to avoid the extremes of terseness and verbosity – neither too short nor (especially) too long. The Statement should directly address any potential weaknesses in the application, such as occasional low grades that may have been due to illness or family emergency, as well as any other unusual and relevant aspects of the background of the applicant.
（Official transcripts from all previous academic institutions must be submitted to the Graduate School.）