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Do SOP's Need a Title?


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#1 butterfingers2010

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:22 AM

This might be a silly question, but...do SOP's need a title? What is the "standard" format (font, font size,etc.)?
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:39 AM

Some programs might ask for a title (i.e. 'Statement of Purpose" or something like that) and your name/ID number at the top, but that usually goes in the header section (at least that's been my experience. Otherwise you don't need a title, like you would need a title for an essay. i'm not in your field, so requirements might be different for your field, but I don't think you need a title beyond something like 'Statement of Purpose' to identify the document. Keep in mind that many online application systems have strict word limits, so a title might not only be superfluous, but might also reduce the space you have to write about what really matters.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:02 PM

All I did was put: "Statement of Purpose--UnlikelyGrad" at the top. I did this after seeing some example SoPs somewhere (sorry, can't remember where--it's been 3 years) so I wasn't just shooting in the dark. It seemed to work OK for me. :D
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