How to List Education on a Resume for Different Applicants [Tempaltes&Examples]
02 September 20228 min read
Wisedoc Expert Team

Education is one of the must-have sections in your resume. It informs the recruiters of your education background, which they may be able to tell whether you are a good fit for this role or not.

So, what do we do?

Simply just list your school’s name, degree, GPA, achievements?

That’s it?

Then how can you differentiate your resume from everyone else's?

That’s right, you need some secret weapons!

Let’s walk through the education section together.

In This Article We Will Dive Into
  • List Education or Work Experience First
  • What You Should Include in Your Education Section
  • Template and Examples for Different Types of Applicants
List Education or Work Experience First?

Why should this even be a question? Does that matter?

While there is no straightforward answer to this question, there are some factors you can consider in order to make the most effective decision.

No relevant work experiences

For people who just graduated from school or education is the most relevant experience to the job. In this case, your education should come right after your personal info section and before your work experience or skills section. After all, no recruiter wants to see an empty or scanty work experience section on their first glance at a resume.

Starting with your education will give you a favorable outlook compared to an Insignificant work experience.

Additionally, if you are currently pursuing a degree that is relevant to your potential job, it may be wise to list your education first.

With relevant work experiences or skills

On the other hand, if you're a professional with years of relevant experience, then it's a no-brainer that your education should come after your work experience.

An exception: Academic Positions

The type of resume you're writing also determines if your education should come first or not.

If you are applying for professors, researchers, or scientists, your academic resumes or CVs should always have education listed first.

What You Should Include in Your Education Section

Potential employees expect to see some basic information about your educational background when they look through this section.

We'll start with the basics.

Below are pieces of information that should be in the education section of your resume:

  • Your latest degree
  • Your school’s name and location
  • Time duration. I.e., When you started the degree and when you finished (or are expected to finish)
  • Your major
  • Your CGPA (This is optional and should only be included if it's above 3.5)
  • Relevant honors, awards, coursework, academic recognition, etc.
  • Relevant extracurricular activities, study programs, and so on
  • A relevant thesis or dissertation relevant to the role (optional but encouraged)
  • Template and Examples for Different Types of Applicants

    [School Name]
    [School Location]
    [Time Duration]
    [Degree, Major, and Minor]
    [Key or Relevant Highlights]

    Incomplete Education

    Avoid using phrases like "unfinished" or "incomplete" on your resume if any of your education is incomplete, as these words could be caught by ATS and then reject your resume even before it reaches HR's desk.

    Instead, include your expected graduation date if you're still earning your degree. This avoids misunderstanding or misrepresenting your qualifications while letting companies know that you are still pursuing your degree.

    High School Education

    If your highest level of education is high school, then you should still include it in your resume.

    List some of the relavent courses that you have taken in your education section may help you grab HR's attention.


    Mayfield High School
    Mayfield, OH
    2004 - 2007
    Relevant Courses: English language and grammar, writing and editing, social psychology.

    However, don't include your high school education if you graduated from college or you will.

    College Student

    You may have limited or even no work experience to present in your resume as an undergraduate student. In this case, the education section and skills section may be the best spots that can show off your capabilities.


    University of California San Diego
    San Diego, California
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
    Aug 2007 - May 2011
    CGPA 3.9/4.0

  • 2007 Fall&Winter Term Dean's List

  • Example:

    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
    Minor in Statistics
    Aug 2007 - May 2011

  • John B. and Merry A. Bosh Scholarship

  • Example:

    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, NM
    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
    Spe 2015 - Jun 2019
    CGPA 3.55/4.0

  • Basic Understanding of the following: Java, Swift, Objective-C, Cobol, JavaScript, Kotlin, C++, HTML, CSS, SQL

  • If you're yet to get your degree, you can add it; however, you need to specify that it is in progress. You can use some words like: In progress, expected graduation+ date, To be completed+ date, and so on.

    You can include relevant coursework, honors, achievements, and other relevant experiences.

    Graduate Student


    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA
    Master of Arts in Psychology in Progress

  • Obtained Solid insight and knowledge into human behavior.
  • Mastered research skills to analyze psychological principles and apply them to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Example:

    New York University
    New York, NY
    Master of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Aug 2009 - May 2011

  • Worked as Research Assistant in Dr. Martin's lab
  • Worked on designing, fabricating and applying multi-array biochips and micro-fluidic systems (lab-on-the-chip).
  • New York University
    New York, NY
    Bchelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Aug 2005 - May 2009

  • Outstanding Student of Year 2006
  • With a Few Years of Work Experience


    University of North California
    Petaluma, California
    Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
    Aug 2007 - May 2012
    GPA: 3.8/4.0

    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, Texas
    Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
    Aug 2004 - May 2007
    GPA: 3.55/4.0

    Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, Texas
    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
    Aug 2000 - May 2004
    GPA: 3.68/4.0

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