Putting together the best possible application for college can mean the difference between receiving an acceptance letter and being rejected. Creating a great resume to accompany the college application not only helps a student put their best foot forward, but also helps to organize their accomplishments into one document..
In this article, we're going to cover the topic of resumes for college applications. As part of that discussion, we're going to review the elements of the Universal College Application, and see how the information on that document applies to a high school student's resume. At the same time, we'll review the elements of the functional resume, which is the format most commonly used by students. Finally, we'll pull all this information together in an example that can be downloaded free of charge.
Traditionally, students were told to complete admissions applications for five to eight colleges. In that mix, students might have schools they considered "stretch" targets, as well as those they considered "safe." Applying to a mix of schools is a good way to ensure that a student is accepted to college, but it entails filling out more admissions applications, until recently.
The Universal College Application helps students through this process by creating a standardized application format that is accepted by only 11 colleges and universities (as of October 2020) throughout the United States. As such, it's a great resource to utilize when deciding what to put on a resume that's going to be used when applying to a college.
As part of this process, we're going to review the information to be completed on the Universal College Application at each step in the form, and capture that information below. Later on, this bulleted list will be used as a reminder when constructing the functional resume.
There are over fifty articles on this website that provide help in understanding how to go about putting together a great resume. This includes not only resume writing tips, but also many examples that can be downloaded free of charge. Admittedly, it's not necessary for students applying to universities to review all this information.
In the section below is a listing of the articles that contain the most valuable information for college students.
If at all possible, don't take shortcuts when it comes to putting together this document or completing an application. The objective is to maximize the chance of being accepted to top colleges, and these documents are the first impression the student will make with the college's admissions office.
Following all of the above guidelines, we've put together an example resume for college applications. This sample leverages work previously done in the article Resumes for College Students, which follows the functional format. In fact, it's a good idea to compare the two documents, since this allows for a better understanding of the differences in how each is constructed.
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