Colleges fall into three categories with approximately 1/3 of the 800+ colleges on the Common App allowing for the upload of a resume.


Obviously, if a resume is required or even “recommended”, you will do it. But what if it’s totally optional?

If your resume would be 100% repetitive of your Common App (or other application) activities and honors list, then you might want to leave it off. However, at LEAP, we highly doubt your resume would be identical.

Here are the tight constraints of reflecting your activities on the Common App.

  • Limited to 10 Activities and 5 Honors
    • Do you have more? Then you need a resume.
  • Tight character counts: 50 characters (including spaces!) for your position, 100 characters for the Organization Name then only 150 characters (yep, spaces count here too!) for what you accomplished and how you were recognized
    • Remember the 140 character Tweet? This is just over that and can be challenging to accomplish while fully highlighting your strengths. A resume has no character limits and spaces don’t count!

It can be overwhelming for a student to put together a resume which is why LEAP regularly offers our Resume Workshop in a small group format to get guidance and templates to do so. Join us the next time it’s offered.

In addition to the resume upload feature, we believe having a resume put together as early as possible strengthens the college applicant in other ways as we explain in a previous post.