How To List Your Education on Your Resume

Your education is an important part of your history. How should you feature your education on your resume effectively?

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Education on Resume

Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent graduate or you’re currently in school, highlighting your educational background is a great way to prove you have the skills necessary for a job. How do you list education on a resume in a way that benefits your job search? Here’s what you need to know about adding education to strengthen your relevant work experience.

Should I List My Education on My Resume?

Absolutely. The education section of your resume gives more information to recruiters about what you’ve done in your life, whether you have a GED or you graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Your fields of study, awards and honors, and any special coursework you have under your belt can help qualify you for the position you’re applying to.


Information To Include When Adding Education to Your Resume

When filling out your resume education section, make sure you’re adding it in the proper resume format. Typically, you’ll want to include all of these bullet points in an education section on your resume:

  • Degree name
  • School name and location (city and state)
  • Field of study and major
  • Academic honors and special recognitions

What might this look like? Here are a few resume examples for different situations.

Someone who has only graduated high school will want to include their high school education on their resume, although this typically isn’t recommended for people who have higher education. To list your high school graduation, you would want to format it something like this:

High School Diploma

  • Thunderbird High School, Phoenix, AZ
  • Honor Society

What if you graduated from college? Your college experience might look like this:


  • Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Summa Cum Laude


Bachelor’s Degree

  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Dean’s List, magna cum laude

Note how both of these last two examples are for people who hold a bachelor’s degree, but they cite them slightly differently. Both of these formats are fine because they give important information about what you did as a college student. However, you should make sure all your education information looks the same. If you’re using a resume builder, the builder will typically have a default presentation to help with resume writing.


Tips for Including Education on Your Resume

Job seekers who want to make sure their resume looks great need to know how to make their education shine. Here are a few tips you can use to make sure your resume looks professional:

  • Only include high school if you didn’t go to college
  • Don’t include your GPA unless specifically requested
  • List awards and honors (Dean’s List, summa cum laude, Honors Society)
  • Start with your highest degree
  • Put the college name first
  • Make sure all your education is listed the same way

Your education is meant to show you have some years of experience, even if those years of experience were largely spent in school. More importantly, including education information will help your resume pass applicant tracking systems (ATS) that read your resume and get it to the hiring manager.

FAQ: Education on Your Resume

Q: Can I include extracurriculars on my resume?

Extracurricular activities are an important part of a resume. If you did any extracurricular activities, you can include them in your work experience section, your education section or in their own “extracurricular activities” section. The difference often lies in whether they were closer to a job or closer to a short after-school experience. If you volunteered for an organization, it probably belongs in the work experience section; if you were in the student council, it probably belongs in an extracurricular activities section.

Q: Should I include a major that doesn’t directly apply to the job I’m applying for?

Even if your college major doesn’t directly apply to the job title that you’re seeking, you should still include it on your resume. It shows you care enough to get through a college experience, which isn’t true of all people. Make sure you point out as many transferable skills as possible to showcase how your college experience can add to your job application. Including information like certifications can help you bolster the inclusion of your college education on your resume, even if the major doesn’t relate to your current job search.

Q: Can I put an unfinished college degree on my resume?

Whether you’re still in college or you’ve since dropped out, you can put an unfinished college degree on your resume. State how many credits you’ve completed and toward what major. If you’re still enrolled, also include your anticipated graduation date. If you’re not enrolled, make sure you’re prepared to discuss why you dropped out and whether you might be interested in going back at some point.

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