A Returning Students Guide to College Acceptance Essays


If you’ve decided to go back to college, congratulations! Going back to school is not only a great choice, but it’s the best investment you can make in yourself at any age. Returning to school is a big commitment financially, socially and economically. In the past several years, hundred of thousands of professional and skilled workers have returned to college to better themselves and their livelihoods.

As you may have already felt, the decision to go back to school can be difficult and an emotional roller coaster. Added to this is the pressure of the college admissions process and your college acceptance essay. While the “college admissions process” and “college acceptance essay” are comparable to “dentistry” and “root canal” in most peoples vocabulary, the process of applying to and writing your college essay can actually be quite rewarding and exciting! For returning or non-traditional students, you college acceptance essay is a great way to reflect on your past accomplishments, commitment to the community and reason to better yourself.

If you are applying to a college or university, you will most likely be asked to write a personal statement as a college acceptance essay.  If you’re applying to a college or university for the first time, you may find this a bit difficult and have a hard time getting started. After all, it may have been a while since you last wrote your last essay, much even an college acceptance essay.

To get things started, you need to highlight your past experience in your statement of purpose. This can be easily be done by organizing your ideas with an outline and drafting your achievements. Start asking yourself, What did I do? Where did I go? Where did I work? What have I been recognized for? Once you have these written down, choose your best two or three experiences.

Do not feel discouraged at any point if you must explain your decision to stop your formal education in the past due to work, family, or travel commitments. This actually can be a positive thing. Keep in mind that taking time off for school exposes real-life situations. Remember, the practical knowledge you may have acquired up to this point in our life is invaluable and no college university can teach you that. So, when you write your statement of purpose for your college acceptance essay, highlight your past experiences.

Now as a last step, jot down what you learned. Did you learn that hard work pays off? Have past trips made you more accepting of diversity, differences and culture? Remember that the college board only selects the best students who love to learn and contribute. Good students are those who learn not just from the classroom, but also from exposure and sharable experiences.

Before submitting your final college acceptance essay, keep in mind you should have your essay properly critiqued. Follow our basic 5 step essay writing guide and our college admission essay examples for further tips and advise.

4 Responses to A Returning Students Guide to College Acceptance Essays

  1. Anton

    I dropped out of college a few years ago, and I’m about ready to head back in. Have quite a bit of money saved up. All I have to do is another college acceptance essay. It is a bit annoying, but I did it once before, I can do it again. Since I dropped out once already, I can tell I’ll have to write the best essay to make sure I get in, because if I mess this up, they wont let me in. Anyways, I’ll do my best, and it’s nice to have a site like this with essay tips out there. I know I needed it.

  2. Tina80

    Been working on my college acceptance essay … ugh : ( I get so nervous because I don’t want to screw it up … want to write it for me? : )

    • Erik

      Tina80 – Very funny post! If I wasn’t busy writing yet more essay tips, I might consider it! In all seriousness, make sure you make enough time for yourself and to prepare. Please don’t fall for any essay scams.

  3. memoryX

    continue your studies and show the matureness and usefullness of your life experience, that is a huge advantage!