College Student Resume Example with Summary

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A resume summary statement (also known as a resume summary or summary of qualifications) is a list or few sentences at the top of a resume that highlights your qualifications for a position. It is a great way to quickly show an employer why you are a strong candidate for a position.

Resume summary statements can be useful at any career level, include as a college student.

Below is an example of a resume for a college student, which includes a resume summary. Also see below for tips for writing a resume as a college student.

Tips for Writing a College Student Resume

  • Highlight your education. As a student, you should highlight your academic successes. Along with your school and degree information, include any achievements, such as a high GPA, and any academic awards. If you have completed any projects or taken courses related to the job you are applying for, you can include these as well.
  • Consider a summary. You might want to add a resume summary statement. This should be located below your name and contact information. In a few sentences (or bullet points), state some of your skills and accomplishments that make you an ideal fit for the job. Try to include keywords from the job listing.
  • Emphasize all related experience. Even if you do not have much employment history, you can include volunteer experiences and any extracurriculars related to the job. Also be sure to highlight any times that you were in a leadership role, whether you were the captain of a sports team or the president of a school club. You can put all these experiences in a section titled “Related Experience,” or divide them into different sections.
  • Use examples. Look at some resume examples or templates to guide your writing. A resume example can help you decide what kind of content to include, and a template can help you format your resume. However, be sure to tailor a resume example to fit your own experiences, and the job you are applying for.
  • Proofread your resume carefully before submitting it. A clean, error-free resume will show that you are professional and that you pay attention to details. Ask a friend or family member, or a college career counselor, to read the resume for you as well.

College Student Resume Example With Summary (Text Version)

Carly Applicant 
87 Washington Street 
Hopedale, NY 10003 
(555) 555-1234


  • Honors student with a record of academic and extracurricular success
  • Extensive leadership experience, particularly within a higher education setting
  • Adept at working across departments, with faculty, administrators, and students
  • Award-winning written communication skills


XYZ University
Hopedale, New York: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Cumulative GPA: 3.93; Honors recipient every semester
(Expected graduation: May 2019)

Georgetown University Study Abroad
University of Trier, Germany
(Summer 2017)

American University
Washington, D.C.: Washington Semester in American Politics
(Spring 2016)


U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
Intern, Spring 2016
Generated concisely written synopses of current legislative action for use by the department, members of Congress, and the general public through the Department of Education website.

  • Researched and presented to policymakers several successful school design and construction projects to support the “Administration Schools as Center of Community" proposal.

American University, Washington, D.C.
Research Assistant
, Spring 2016

Examined how the increasing dependence of needy students on federal loans instead of grants for higher education has affected college access and enrollment, culminating in a 65-page paper.

  • Received “Outstanding Final Paper” award.

Historical Society of Hopedale, New York
Research Assistant
, Spring 2015

Researched archival materials, wrote text panels, and selected objects for a historical exhibit on Hopedale in the 1930s.