The Best Resumes Will
Convey constancy and (ideally) increasing involvement.
Be short (one page), succinct and clear. Use common terms to refer to clubs. ‘Literacy magazine’ is easier than ‘Pegasus’ for an admissions officer to quickly recognize.
List your most important activities first. List according to activity, not grade, or year of participation. This format is easier for admissions officers to follow.
Include your name and relevant identifying information at the top of the page.
Do NOT Include
- Your GPA – it will be on your transcript.
- Your standardized test scores – these will be reported separately.
- Any courses that will appear on your transcript (even if you did ace AP Physics)
- Any honors or awards you have received since the 9th grade.
- Participation in any competition at the state, national or international level.
- Summer activities: camps, jobs, courses, travel, community service, volunteer work
- Extra classes you have taken that do not appear on your transcript (arts coursework, local college courses, weekend or after school language programs, music lessons)
- If you have done well in these classes and you have a transcript or report, definitely include it. If you do not have the transcript, at least include the course names and associated grade.