A resume has one purpose: to persuade a prospective employer to grant you an interview. Substantively, your resume should 1) provide an overview of your academic and employment experience, and 2) distinguish you from other candidates by featuring your unique accomplishments and experience. Please refer to the samples, resources, and guidelines below.

Resume Policies for Ranking

The Office of the Registrar determines G.P.A. cutoffs for the top 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 40% and 50% of each class by division. Only those in the top 5% are ranked numerically. The Office of the Registrar determines both a cumulative and an annual rank The percentile and numeric rankings are determined by the Office of the Registrar once a year at the end of the Spring semester and do not change until the end of the following Spring. If percentile and/or numeric rankings are displayed on the resume, either the cumulative or annual ranking(s) issued by the Registrar can be used and must be identified by the date of the Spring semester issued. Students and alumni may not alter rankings to reflect subsequent Summer and/or Fall semester grades.

Resume Policies for G.P.A.

The Office of the Registrar provides G.P.A.'s as follows:

  • Term: A calculation for each separate term—Fall, Spring or Summer
  • Annual: A calculation for an academic year which combines Summer, Fall and Spring (the Summer included is the one preceding the Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Cumulative: A calculation of all grades to date

Alumni may list any term, annual or cumulative G.P.A. so long as the G.P.A. is identified by the term and year (for term and cumulative G.P.A.s) or by the academic year (for annual G.P.A.s). Any questions regarding resume policies should be directed to the Office of Career Services staff prior to finalizing a resume. All violations of policy concerning misrepresentation of resume information will be directed to the dean’s office.