In the sentence,

"My school requires the following: a resume and a good grades."

Can I use a colon? I realize that grammar rules require an independent clause before the colon. Is, "My school requires the following" an independent clause?

  • You're most likely to see a colon used with three or more items, and/or when it introduces a bulleted list or something like that.
    – user3395
    Aug 18, 2017 at 17:10
  • Your example is right but not this one: "My school requires: a resume and a good grades." Here, "My school requires" is not a complete sentence. Jun 30, 2019 at 6:55

1 Answer 1


My school requires the following is a grammatically complete sentence, and so is fine to be used before a colon.

However, it may flow more naturally if you choose to omit a colon entirely.

My school requires both a resume and good grades.

(Note the removal of "a" from "a good grades")

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