Important Documents Every Student Should Have Handy (+ A Printable Checklist!)

Hi, friends! There are certain documents ever college student should have handy. Even if you don’t need them now, you’ll certainly need them in the future, so it’s a good idea to prepare them and have them with you. Here are some of those all-important documents you should always have with you.

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Major Requirements and Degree Audit

These two documents is essential to planning your academic career. The “Major Requirements” sheet tells you what classes you need to take in order to earn a degree in your field of study. This helps you make sure you know exactly what classes you need to take. If you want to be fancy and think ahead, you can think about which required classes you will take each semester. It may even list other requirements for graduation (such as, a certain GPA). Just as important is the “Degree Audit” sheet. This sheet tells you what classes you have already taken and whether you are on track for graduation. You can get both of these the next time you visit your advisor. If you can’t get a degree audit, an unofficial transcript will do the job just as well, which you can usually download online…

Resume and Personal Statement

In some cases, like when you apply to a student organization or for a fancy scholarship, they may ask you for these documents. Even if you don’t need them now, when you apply for a job or to graduate school in the future, you’ll definitely thank yourself for having them prepared beforehand. (Okay, so maybe you don’t need to have them on hand all the time, but it’s definitely convenient to at least have a digital copy of these documents.)

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If you don’t have a resume or personal statement yet, that’s okay! You can start writing them now. A resume is a document that summarizes your education, work experience, and personal qualities, while a personal statement is a short, personal essay that gives the decision committee a chance to get to know you. Here is a very useful website that’ll help you write your personal statement.

Class Schedule

The first few weeks, having your class schedule with you will help you make sure you’re at the right place at the right time. Even later on in the semester, your class schedule paper is useful for those times when you forget if your class is at 12:00 or 12:30 or if it’s at room 111 or 113. (I hope I’m not the only one who’s been through that!) I’ve also seen people take a picture of their schedule and set it as their phone background for the first few weeks of class. Genius!

All Class Syllabi

A common mistake many college students make is losing their class syllabus. The syllabus literally tells you how to pass the class. It gives you information about the assignments, tests, and your professor’s views on attendance/class participation. It helps you stay organized. In fact, the syllabus is important enough to keep in a plastic sheet protector in your binder. Heck, it’s important enough to have multiple copies of it, or a digital copy. (This will save your life if you ever do lose your original copy. It’s happened to the best of us.)

Having these documents handy will definitely be helpful. Having documents such as your major requirements, resume/personal statement, class schedule, and syllabi handy will save you lots of time. If not now, they will be useful in the future.

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Now, on to the fun stuff… the printable checklist!

Click on the picture to download a printable checklist version of this post!

Important Documents Every Student Should Have Handy

What documents do you think college students should have handy?