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College Admissions Resume Cover Letter

Learn How to Create a College Admissions Resume

Like most resume writing, writing a college resume can seem much harder than it really is. The most important and most difficult part of writing a resume is getting started. Yes, overcoming procrastination when writing a resume is really the hardest part. Since a resume is not only used for applying for internships and jobs, it is imperative to get one going because you will most likely need it when applying to colleges as well.

Sections to Include in a College Application Résumé

  • Heading (includes personal information – name, address, phone number, & email address)
  • Academic Profile (high school and dates attended)
  • Summer Programs Attended
  • Honors / Awards / AP / IB courses
  • SAT/ACT scores/class ranking
  • Co-Curricular Activities (school clubs, music, sports, etc.)
  • Extracurricular Activities (out-of-school groups)
  • Work and Volunteer Experience
  • Hobbies/Interests/Travel
  • Skills (Language/Computer/etc.)

College Application Résumé Tips

  1. Each experience should be included in reverse chronological order beginning with the most recent.
  2. It’s important to mention any unique experiences that will help you stand apart from other candidates.
  3. Be consistent when writing your resume – abbreviations, periods, capitalization, dates.
  4. Provide any individuals who have agreed to write a recommendation with a copy of your resume.
  5. Have one or more people look at your resume prior to sending it out.
  1. Last but not least - Proofread, proofread, proofread!

What the Admissions Department Looks for in a College Resume

  1. Although you may not have worked many jobs, the college resume speaks volumes about who you are by making you put together something that shows your personal skills, interests, and values and forces you to put into words what you have done so far.
  1. You may include coursework that you think is noteworthy that would be a good addition to the overall document. If you participated in any college-level courses, this is a good thing to include as well.
  2. What about activities? Say that you are an athlete or possess music or art capabilities, the college wants to know that too. Maybe you did a lot of volunteer work or fundraising during high school which may also be noteworthy for them to understand your personal values and what kinds of things are important to you.
  3. When applying to college a one-page resume should suffice. If you have an enormous amount of writing or lab experience, put that on there too. If it does go to two pages, make sure the experiences are worth including and try to make the second page as complete as possible as well. Also, be sure to include your name and page 2 at the top of the second page. That way, if the pages should get separated, the admissions department won’t face the frustration of reviewing an incomplete resume in the process.
  4. In addition to having a lot of important information to include on your resume, it’s essential that you make sure that it is well-written. A resume that is written poorly may be rejected no matter how accomplished you have been so far.
  1. The best scenario is to have a well-written resume that shows accomplishments and involvement in a number of activities.

Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

Include any and all information that would make you stand out in the college admissions process.

  1. On your resume, it’s important to include whatever information you have that would be valuable for the Admissions Department to know. If you have received any awards or graduated #3 in your class, be sure to include that information on your resume. Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you how many resumes where this has been left out. Modesty on a resume can be a killer. In real life, it may suit you well but when trying to earn the respect and attention in the college admissions process, it’s essential that this information is included.
  1. Although it’s important to include your accomplishments it’s just as important not to embellish on them to a point where they are unbelievable and not totally true. Embellishing on your resume can be just as damaging as not including important information that makes you stand out.

Use Bullet Points to Describe Your Experiences

When describing your experiences on your resume, it’s most effective to include them using bullet points. This makes it easy for the committee to review and makes it more effective to make your experiences stand out.

Important tips for using bullet points:

  • Begin each bullet point with an action verb.
  • Write each bullet point using specific concise language omitting articles such as an, and, and the whenever possible.
  • Include your skills and accomplishments in your bullet points rather than focusing on your responsibilities.


    Example: Researched, wrote and presented laboratory findings of water quality using samples from Hovey Pond in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Include Essential Information That Will Make a Positive Impression

Since you only have one page (two at the most) to write down all of your experiences, it is crucial that you include information that shows excellent grades, awards, leadership activities, presentation skills, as well as individual creative capabilities such as music, art, writing, and/or excellent communication and interpersonal skills. It is these types of attributes that will make you stand out from the other candidates.

  • Wrote a 5-page essay to be published in high school art magazine.
  • Led 45 students in high school’s weekend leadership development program.
  • Participated in a scientific laboratory study to establish the survival instincts of rats.
  • Treasurer, Student Government Association, Grades 9-12
  • Flute Player, St. Georges High School, Laramie, WY, Grades 9 - 12
  • Captain, Soccer Team, St. George’s High School, Laramie, WY, Fall 20XX – Spring 20XX
  • Player, Soccer Team, St. George’s High School, Laramie, WY, Fall 20XX – Present
  • Organizer, St. George’s Marathon Dance, Laramie, WY, Spring 20XX
  • Helped raise over $20,000 for scholarships to be given to underprivileged children in the school

Examples

Education:

  • GPA: 96/100
  • Graduated third in class of 425 students
  • Attended Harvard University ‘s Summer Pre-Law Program
  • Experiences:
  • The experiences below provide information that highlights writing, leadership, and research experiences that could be very useful in college.
  • Co-Curricular Activities:
  • Volunteer:
  • Fundraiser, Make A Wish Foundation, 20XX
  • Volunteer, Domestic Violence Shelter, 20XX

Admissions Counselor Cover Letter and Resume Examples

Here's an example of a cover letter for an admissions counselor position. Also, see below for a resume for the same position.

Admissions Counselor Cover Letter Example

Date

Name
Title
Organization
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,

I would like to express my strong interest in the admissions counselor position at ABC University’s School of Business, as listed on highereducationjobs.com. I am confident that my experience as an admissions counselor and my abilities as a project manager make me an ideal candidate for the position.

I have been working in admissions for the past five years and am therefore extremely confident in my ability to meet your requirements. As an admissions counselor for XYZ College, I recruit, process, and evaluate over 8,500 applicants each year. By thoroughly analyzing candidates and conducting dozens of informational sessions and seminars, I successfully contributed to the rise in student retention by over 15% this past year. I am also particularly familiar with MBA admissions and recruiting, having worked as a graduate assistant in the Greenfield University Business School. I am thus a skilled admissions counselor who is familiar with your particular needs.

I also have the project management experience that you request in your job application. For example, I am currently responsible for organizing and overseeing XYZ College’s annual Welcome Accepted Candidates Day. This job involves selecting and managing caterers, event spaces, professors, and student volunteers.

I have successfully run this event for the past two years, and therefore know I have the attention to detail and commitment to quality that you require in an admissions counselor.

I am confident that my years of experience in admissions (particularly business school admissions) and my skill as a project manager would make me an asset to your fine admissions team at ABC University’s School of Business.

I have enclosed my resume and will contact you next week to see if we might find a time to speak together. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Admissions Counselor Resume Example

Firstname Lastname
4179 Allen Rd, Apt 7, Wilmington, DE 01887

Phone: 555-555-8902

Email: firstname.lastname@email.com

Detail-oriented Admissions Counselor with a record of success in recruiting, evaluating, and accepting applicants for a competitive liberal arts college with over 8,500 applicants. Experienced in using strong oral and written communication skills to develop and lead presentations, information sessions, and training seminars.

Work History

Admissions Counselor, ABC College, May 20XX - present

  • Recognized along with admissions team for increasing retention rates among freshman by 10% in 2008 due to thorough analysis of applicant materials and follow-up with accepted candidates.
  • Develop and present seminars about ABC College at over 50 high school and community college events.
  • Conduct dozens of informational sessions with parents, students, and counselors on the admissions process.
  • Plan and implement training programs for internal and external staff members related to Admissions initiatives.

Registrar Assistant, ABC College, August 20XX – May 20XX

  • Maintain student academic records for over 4,000 students.
  • Manage all OCICU registration and correspondence.
  • Resolve student and faculty issues regarding records and registration.
  • Recruit, hire, and train 10 college interns annually.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, ABC College, 20XX
Magna Cum Laude

Skills

  • Experience with SIS and Campus Vue, and proficient in Microsoft Office, (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Fluent in Spanish

Sending an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:

Subject: Admissions Counselor Position - Your Name

Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information.

Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.

More Sample Cover Letters

Cover letter samples and templates for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including entry-level, targeted and email cover letters for many different jobs.

Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.

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