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What is an Activities Resume for College? Tips and Examples

How do you stand out in college when you don't have much experience to show for? Well, an activities resume is exactly what you need!

An activities resume for college is an opportunity for students to share what hobbies, organizations, and activities they are involved in. This is important because it’s a chance to prove to your prospective college that you are a well-rounded candidate. Included in this article, you’ll discover:

  • What to include on your activities resume
  • Tips and tricks for building the perfect activities resume
  • Dos and Don’ts when crafting your activities resume

What to Include on Your Activities Resume

Because recent high school graduates may not have much in the way of employer experience yet, many students rely on an extracurricular activities resume for college. Not sure what’s relevant? Here’s what to include when crafting your resume.

  • Start with your education section. Include your school’s name and your graduation date.
  • Don’t forget your GPA. Make sure it’s cumulative and weighted.
  • Here’s your chance to brag! Include any academic awards, honors, or recognitions.
  • If beneficial, add your class rank!
  • Include any summer programs, internships, or classes you’ve taken that don’t appear on your transcript.
  • What extracurriculars were you involved in? Mention any athletic organizations, clubs, or organizations you were involved in. If you held a leadership position, be sure to include that!
  • Detail volunteer hours and community service
  • Did you have a part-time job in high school? Include that as well.
  • Any special skills that you haven’t mentioned yet, such as another language or proficiency in software such as Photoshop.

Tips and Tricks

  • Only mention organizations you played a significant role in.
  • Talk about specific lessons learned, or achievements earned to emphasize commitment to your organization.
  • Use clean, easy-to-read fonts and formatting.
  • Share your activities resume with those you’re seeking a recommendation letter from! It will help them remember your achievements.

When to Not Sent an Activities Resume

  • If the university specifically asks you not to
  • If the application provides space to discuss extracurricular involvement, use that instead of sending a separate document.

Example of an Activities Resume

Below is an activities resume for college template. Remember, this is an opportunity to showcase that you are a well-rounded, accomplished candidate.

Savannah Smith
555-555-5555
Savannah-Smith@email.com

Green Lake High School Class of 2021

  • GPA: 3.9
  • Class rank: 9 out of 623 students
  • Awarded GLHS Math Scholar of the Year Award in 2020

Extra Courses and Internships

  • Interned at Mount Joy Veterinary Clinic for the 2019 school year
  • Taken part in the Green Lake High Math Camp for three summers
  • Interned at the Women In Business Organization in 2020

Volunteering Experience at St. Timothy’s Humane Society (2017-Present)

  • Cleaned dog and cat environments daily
  • Socialized nervous animals to help them prepare for adoption
  • Worked alongside staff to learn about animal behavior and health
  • Administered temperament tests and medications
  • Incorporated photography and videography for social media

Skills

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Proficient in Photoshop
  • Social Media Management

Takeaways

You may ask what activities on your resume are required for college admission?

The good news is that there is no setlist. Look around for opportunities within your community you can take part in. Getting involved in local organizations that interest you will help you build the perfect extracurricular activities resume for college. Looking for more resources on building the perfect activities resume? Check out our resume builder here.

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