At the time that you are nominated for scholarships or submit your own applications to colleges, the five documents that will define your brand are your: SAT or ACT Score Report; high school transcript; essay; recommendation letters; and academic résumé. However, your résumé is the document that establishes your candidacy and formulates an image of you in the mind of the admissions officer or scholarship provider. If you are applying to a test optional school, then your test scores might not be considered. While most colleges will want you to have taken a college preparatory curriculum, not all colleges require, or expect, a large number of AP and honors classes. Consequently, some colleges or scholarship providers to which you are applying may focus more attention on your GPA as opposed to the number of honors or AP classes taken.

Your academic résumé reveals all of the components of a college or scholarship application, with the exception of the essay and recommendation letter, on one page—GPA; test scores; work experience; leadership; community service; gifts and talents; and personal achievements and special recognition. Your academic résumé can also serve as the single focal point for setting goals. Does your current résumé suggest that you are competitive candidate for the colleges or scholarships for which you plan to apply? If not, what do you need to change, what do you need to do, what goals do you need to set?


Update your résumé with your most recent grades, test scores, leadership, service, activities, employment, and awards.

Estimated time to complete: 30 min.

Guiding Questions

  • What are my most recent accomplishments in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and service?
  • What personal achievement or special recognition can I add to my résumé?