Should students include a resume in their college application?

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Should students include a resume in their college application?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Should students include a resume in their college application?

Yes, and it better be more than 1 page, or you surely haven't accomplished much. Don't include one if the school forbids it, otherwise, talk to some admissions experts in advance to see if your resume has all the right stuff.

Scott Herrmann-Keeling
College Counselor

Should students include a resume in their college application?

The reason to include a resume is if you have information that cannot be conveyed through the designated spaces on the Common Application. If you are able to tell admissions officers what they need to know with just the Common App, don't bother. But if you have more to say than what fits, use a resume.

Lin Johnson III

Should students include a resume in their college application?

Absolutely Yes! Including a resume in your college application is advantageous for two reasons. First, a resume serve as a great summary of your leadership examples and achievements in and outside of the classroom. Instead of provide a list of extracurricular activities, achievements, and leadership roles, you should provide the admission team with a story through your resume. Second, a resume can be an useful tool to elaborate on experiences not mentioned in other places in your application. Overall, a resume is helpful as a quick summary of who you are as a person, a student, and a leader.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

Should students include a resume in their college application?

A resume can be a valuable addition to an application for some of the smaller liberal arts colleges. You will find that some ask for them within their application materials, while others will accept them in a separate mailing. Once you have a well composed resume, contact the admissions office and ask them about their receptivity to such an item. Larger campuses may not have the time or simply the space to store such an item.

Steph Hart
Owner, Principle Consultant Essential Elements: Comprehensive College Planning

Should students include a resume in their college application?

Absolutely! But only when requested as part of the application. For example, many larger, public institutions base their admission decisions off of a test scores and gpa matrix and, even if one is sent, will not look at a student's resume because it is not part of their process. However, those same schools may require a resume for scholarship consideration. But when it is an option or a required aspect of the application, be sure to include a well-crafted resume that will help the admission representative get a full picture of how you choose to spend your time outside of the classroom. Some schools offer leadership and/or service scholarships in addition to academic awards and they consider your credentials for these awards based on the information presented in your resume.

Kristina Dooley
Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

Should students include a resume in their college application?

Though some schools do ask for students to include a resume, this is generally unnecessary. The items that you would include on a resume (club memberships, work experience, awards, etc.) are all things that are already being asked of you on your application. Though a resume does streamline this information, some admission officers may just bypass your resume as an additional piece of paper with repetitive information.

Kathleen Harrington
Owner New Jersey College Consulting

Should students include a resume in their college application?

If the application allows for a resume to be submitted, then yes include it. It is more than likely that you have included all this information in the body of your application so if there is an option to upload a resume than do so however, if not, then it is best that you not include another document. The college admissions counselors have an abundance of paperwork they receive on thousands of other applicants...following directions is important.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

Should students include a resume in their college application?

If you honestly feel that the common app spaces for extracurricular activities as well as the essays do not allow you to describe your extracurricular activities in enough depth, then you can add a resume or at least expand on some of your extracurricular activities in the additional info section. In addition, if you have a particular expertise, for example in performing arts, then you could add a resume highlighting your accomplishments and training in that particular field. However, what you don't want to do is just regurgitate the common app answers without adding more substance, because the admissions office might think that shows poor judgment.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Should students include a resume in their college application?

If a school has indicated that they they welcome a resume, then by all means provide one. Some schools prefer to manage with the categories and blanks provided in their application. It never hurts to create a resume at this point in your career. You may need it to share with the person you are asking for a recommendation. You may need it for a scholarship application. Once you've created a template, it will be easy to continue to update over the years. You will be so happy when you really need one down the road.