3 Examples of Putting “Dean’s List” on a Resume

deans list on a resume

Having as many merits on your resume as possible is attractive. Especially if you’ve been put on the dean’s list at your university. But the question is, how do you put it onto your resume? And what do you do if you have a minor degree that you want to put on your resume? Or a double major? As well as Dean’s list?

We’re going to show you everything you need to know about how to put the dean’s list merit on your resume and make sure your future employer sees it.

In this article we’re going to cover:

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Dean’s List Can Be Impactful

Much like listing Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude on your resume, it can be great way to show future employers that you took responsibility in your education and that you look forward to putting an equal amount of effort into your future employment.

Any amount of merits that you can place onto your resume can help. They are equivalent to listing relevant volunteer work or listing any other type of honors. They fall into the bucket of, “why not!”

Where to Put “Dean’s List” on Your Resume

When you’re looking for a place to put your dean’s list merit, consider two positions. One would be under the “Education” section of your resume, which lists any education experience that you have.

The other would be under any “Awards” or publications section that you might have on your resume or CV. You don’t have to pick one or the other, either. By listing your merit on both sections, you increase the odds that your resume reader will notice this important and impactful honor.

Example of Listing “Dean’s List” on a Resume

Here is an example of what it would look like when you put this merit under the education section of your resume.


Harvard University, MBA
3.8 GPA, Dean’s List

And when you have it listed as part of your awards, here is what it might look like.


Simple as that.

What If You Have a Double Major

If you have a double major, listing your dean’s list honor is easy. While it might take up a little more space in your education section, you are still adding valuable information to your resume and it’s worth the real estate it’s about to take.


Harvard University, MBA
Economics & Mathematics
3.8 GPA, Dean’s List

What If You Have a Minor Degree

If you have a minor degree, much like with a double major, you are still adding valuable information to education history. And as long as you add your dean’s list mention to its own line under the section you’re listing your university background, you should be able to utilize space to the fullest.

Here is what it should look like.


Harvard University, MBA
Economics, Minor mathematics
3.8 GPA, Dean’s List

Are There Any Drawbacks to Including This Honor on Your Resume

It’s always great to double-check and ensure that there aren’t any drawbacks to listing honors or more information on your resume than the reader might need.

For this particular item on the resume, the only drawback is space. You want your resume to be one-page at most. And if this additional line item takes up a bullet point from your work experience that you feel is valuable, consider leaving it off.

Your work experience will always take priority over your educational history. And educational history should always be listed second in terms of sections on your resume. With work experience being over it.

As long as you have enough space to include relevant work experience on your resume, there are no drawbacks to including this merit.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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