Should You Put Dean’s List on Resume?
Dean’s list on resume should be included next to your Grade Point Average (GPA). There is some debate over whether it should be included or not, as some professionals consider it redundant and unnecessary resume-padding or stuffing. This guide will show you how to put the dean’s list on your resume and weigh the pros and cons of including it. CFI’s recommendation is to include it if you achieved it all semesters (to demonstrate academic consistency), and otherwise to exclude it.
Pros of Adding Dean’s List on Resume
There are many advantages of including this honor in your job application, which are discussed below.
Benefits of dean’s list on resume:
- Demonstrates strong academic performance
- Shows a consistent level of performance if achieved all semesters (less GPA volatility)
- Adds another credential and honor to your resume
- Depending on the school or employer, it may be extra valuable if the GPA requirement is higher than others
- Adds more detail to your resume
Cons of Adding Dean’s List on Resume
It may surprise you but there can actually be some disadvantages of including the dean’s list honor in your application (although they are very minor).
Potential disadvantages of dean’s list on resume:
- It may be considered redundant since your GPA is listed right next to it.
- It may not be clear what the requirement for making this list is, which makes it less meaningful.
- It can add clutter to your resume.
- If you achieved it some semesters and not others it may highlight inconsistency.
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Example of Dean’s List on Resume
Here is an example of how to include it on your resume.
Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics, Minor in History
- Cumulative GPA: 3.8/4.0; Dean’s List all semesters
- Varsity Sport – starter on the varsity sports team all four years; 20+ hours per week
- President, Student Club – responsible for managing all aspects of a student-run club
- Study Abroad – Exchange in a foreign country
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