Student Résumé Highlights
Your student résumé should emphasize your strongest
achievements first. If your grade point average (GPA) is excellent,
list it first along with the difficulty of your high school curriculum
(show the difficulty of curriculum by listing or describing the AP,
honors and college prep classes you’ve completed). Along
with your excellent GPA, show all of your academic achievements and
honors (such as making the Principal’s List, being a Merit Scholar,
passing an AP Test, etc.).
If your GPA is not strong, but your school and extracurricular activities
are outstanding, list your activities first (such as being a class
officer, an officer in Junior Statesmen of America, the lead volunteer
with a community organization, sports team captain, or demonstrating
years of dedicated community service, etc.).
If your SAT or ACT test scores are truly outstanding, show them at
the top of your résumé.
Admissions officers don’t always realize the importance of some
of your achievements, so make sure exceptional achievements are fully
explained. In addition, use bolded text or other symbols (such
as asterisks) to:
- Identify activities
you find most important and those you plan to continue in college.
- Bring out important
honors, exceptional commitment, or unique characteristics about you.