I'm trying to write a personal statement in which I've to account for my past educational experiences. One of my courses is from a prestigious institute in my country, where its difficult to attain admission for that particular program.

How do I say so, without mentioning that in explicitly (As space is a requirement, and also I don't want to look too smug - after all, the institutes I'm applying to are leaders in their fields, and might view it as arrogant of me) ? If I say "enrolled in the program", it may mean I simply paid the tuition fees, which is incorrect (all the students receive full scholarship by default if they pass the multiple rounds of exams, making it a much difficult feat to secure entry)....


You can say that you were selected for the program. This implies that there was some difficult selection process to go through, after which you were a part of it.

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  • Makes wonderful sense - I was stuck trying to look for fancy words :) – TCSGrad Sep 4 '11 at 3:32
  • I love it when common English words are the best ways to express a difficult, specific concept. – Jeremy Sep 5 '11 at 0:58

You can also say you were accepted into the program.

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  • Thats kind of a passive word - you hardly mean to flatter when you say something is "Acceptable" :) – TCSGrad Sep 26 '11 at 19:33
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    @shan23, the tense matters. Indeed, it's not flattering to describe something as "acceptable". However, it is quite normal to speak proudly of being "accepted" to a prestigious school or program. – Matthew Flaschen Jan 14 '12 at 0:39

Assuming you are are looking for something in the active voice, I would suggest "gained admittance" to the program.

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