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Asked by Kelcie on April 20, 2017

I transferred universities a couple times over the course of my college career, and I'm wondering if I should include those two previous schools on my resume? I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted when I got to college, and I'm worried employers will see it on my resume and think I'm flaky or unprofessional (even though I eventually ended up at a school I really love).  Would I get in trouble for not having those others listed? 

Answered by Allegra, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on April 20, 2017

We see many candidates who have attended multiple schools over the course of their academic journey, so don't be overly concerned about this. While companies may have different preferences, I would recommend using the school where you received your degree for your resume without listing the others. While your coursework from the other schools contributed to your degree, you received your degree from only one school.

You will however, need to include those school in your formal application (online or manual depending on the company), and on your background check forms.

I hope this helps!

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Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on April 24, 2017

Hello,
This is a great question and I think the Cigna team answered it perfectly. I would recommend only showing the school of which you've obtained a degree from on your resume. If you got an Associates from one school and your Bachelors from another it is OK to include both of those, but if you did not receive a degree I would leave the university off. As Cigna mentioned, you will want to include this on your formal application as it will be screened during a background check. 
Best of luck!  

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on May 23, 2017

You should not have to list all the universities/colleges you transferred from or briefly attended. What is important is listing the school you are currently attending or graduated from. This is where your official transcripts will be housed.

Best of luck!

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on June 6, 2017

The only university that is an unsaid requirement for your resume is the one in which you received your diploma. The space on your resume is valuable real estate so only list what is necessary. If your other schools do come up in conversation, this is not a bad thing and will most likely not look frowned upon. Many people switch schools for a variety of reasons -- if anything it shows how adaptable you are.

Best of luck with your interviews!

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