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Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae is a detailed and comprehensive description of your academic credentials and achievements. A CV differs from a resume in that it includes extensive information on your academic background, including detailed descriptions of your academic experiences, degrees, any type of research, awards, publications, presentations, conferences, and other achievements. CVs are thus lengthier than resumes, and include more information, particularly details related to one’s academic and research background.




  • Emphasis on skills
  • Emphasis on academic accomplishments
  • Used when applying for a position in industry, non-profit, and public sector
  • Used when applying for positions in academia, fellowships and grants
  • No longer than 2 pages.  Additional materials submitted if highly relevant to the job
  • Length varies greatly, and will depend upon experiences.  Will include a complete list of publications, posters, presentations and abstracts.
  • After 1 year of industry experience, lead with work experience and place education section at the or near the end, depending upon qualifications
  • Always begins with education and can include name of advisor and dissertation title or summary (see examples). Also used for merit/tenure review and sabbatical leave

Sample CV 1

Personal Statements

Information on how to write a personal statement or CV (curriculum vitae) can be found here:

Graduate School Links

  1. College Affordability Guide
  3. the most comprehensive online source of graduate school information
  4. Graduate School Guide
  5. LSAC– Law School Admission Council
  7. Kaplan Test Preparers: details on Kaplan services, plus info on education programs, admissions, financial aid, and more.
  9. The Princeton Review: contains data and statistics on law, medical, business and graduate programs and other grad school info.
  10. Thomson Peterson’s: Information on test preparation, applying for colleges, financial aid, and links to other helpful sites.