High School Resume Requirements for College Admissions
The main task of a high school resume is marketing you to college admissions staff. Your grades, letter of application, SAT scores and other application materials do part of the selling but they are often not enough. If you are not a high school senior, this section can inspire you to develop your skills and experience further. For each entry, applicants should provide basic information (dates, supervisor, and your role) and details on what you accomplished.
Colleges often impose restrictions on high school resumes through word limits, page limits or forms. Do not get anxious about these limits – think of them as an encouragement to highlight your most interesting and significant activities. Focus on leadership, awards, and other noteworthy successes rather than activities where you were simply a participant.
- Extracurricular Activities
For the majority of students, extracurricular activities will form the largest section of the high school resume. This section will show college admissions committees that your interests and abilities beyond homework. Like a traditional resume, you should start this section with your most recent activities and then list others in reverse chronological order.
This section of the high school resume explains the special and valuable skills you have developed through part time jobs, clubs, courses and hobbies. Do you know how to design websites? Do you play in the school band? What about fundraising for clubs or charities? In general, avoid describing academic skills since those are covered in other parts of your application.
Do you volunteer at your local public library? Do you have a leadership role at a church? These are only some of the volunteer activities you can describe in this part of your high school resume. You should focus on outside of school activities here particularly situations where your efforts had a measurable improvement (e.g. “Led hospital fundraising effort that raised $500,000 that covered the free clinic’s drugs for six months.")