How to Build an Academic Resume

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An academic resume is a resume created for a specific purpose and goal. Most of the time, your academic resume will be used for scholarship applications or even university employment. Like a professional career resume, an academic resume should have a focus and personality behind it to present your academic and work history as accurately as possible.

List your personal information, including your name, email address, physical address, phone number and birth date/age. This information should be current and up-to-date. Make your name slightly larger than the rest of the text so that it stands out.

Include your educational information and be as detailed as possible. Include important details such as the name and location of the school, GPA, academic standing, and test scores.
ie. GPA: 3.5 Academic Standing: Top 15%

Mention any awards or honors that you have received. State the type of award, the reason it was awarded, and the year the award was received. ie. State Art Competition 2000 3rd Place - Still Life; Oil Painting

List previous activities. List the clubs, organizations, volunteer opportunities and religious groups you are associated with. Create a list and put each activity in chronological order starting with the most recent. Include information such as participation dates, positions held and awards given. ie. National Honors Society (2000-Recent) Active Member; Volunteer and tutor opportunities

List employment from most recent to oldest position held. Many students believe that employment history is not important, but it is just as important as extracurricular activities. Jobs show that students are capable, experienced and well-rounded. This is especially true if you are a student with a long standing job. ie. Cashier (Marketplace Stores) 3 years; Responsible for...

Always include personal references in an academic resume. Because an academic resume will be used for scholarships, it is important for the readers to know that you will have someone that will vouch for your character. Choose your references wisely. Good references include teachers, coaches, employers, and club advisers. Do not use one of your friends. When you include a reference state her name, email address, phone number. Also, include your relationship to each other and the number of years you have been associated with each other. ie. John Smith (English Teacher: 3yrs) 555-555-5555


Clearly label each section of the academic resume. Proper spacing and bullet points should be used when necessary. Proofread and edit your resume and have one or two people look it over as well.


Do not exceed one page. Keep the resume short and to the point.