How to Write Resumes for College Admissions Boards

A star quality resume will help you shine when you are vying for a spot at the college of your dreams. Students applying to college must submit a variety of materials to the school, ranging from high school transcripts and standardized test scores to letters of recommendation and personal statements. In addition, many colleges want to see the applicant’s breadth of experience listed in a resume. For example, Florida State University requests a resume that reflects extracurricular activities, community service work, employment history and awards.

Contact Information

Include your contact information. At the top of your resume, list your full name, home address, phone number and email address.

Education and Distinctions

Include your education and educational achievements. Precede this section with the subheading “Education,” and list your high school name and your expected graduation date. Include your cumulative grade point average as well as any other educational statistics, such as your class rank.

Instructional Programs

List any programs that you participated in during high school. If you took a course at a community college to advance your knowledge in your favorite subject, mention that here. You can also add educational enrichment activities such as attending musical theatre camp or an Upward Bound math and science program.

Work Experience

Although high school students typically do not have a great deal of work experience, you should include any jobs you worked during your high school career; provide the name and address of the company, dates of employment and your title or position. Then, list your responsibilities, focusing on the skills you developed. For example, if you worked as a server at a restaurant, highlight your customer service experience and ability to handle multiple tasks at once.

Extracurricular Activities

Highlight relevant extracurricular activities including any club memberships or sports in which you've participated. Emphasize and describe those activities in which you held a leadership role. Ideally, you should have academic extracurriculars to include along with strictly social clubs. For instances, you might mention being in chess club, competing in speech or editing the school yearbook. If you volunteered for a community organization, add that here as well.

Honors and Awards

Include honors and awards. If you’ve made the honor roll or received an award for outstanding academic or athletic achievement, include that information in this section. Also mention any scholarship offers from agencies and organizations.

Proofread Carefully

Take a short break to sharpen your focus. Feview your resume for proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. Your resume should be clear and concise without using complicated or confusing words, so revise any verbose phrases. Have a parent, teacher or guidance counselor read over your resume before you submit it with your application. They can help you pinpoint any errors or gaps in information.