How are my extracurricular activities used in college admission?

Rhiannon Schade
Director of College Counseling
Collegewise of Millburn

College admission officers look closely at what you have done outside of the classroom. They are looking for evidence of commitment and your capacity to care deeply about what you choose to do with your time. They also hope they can see the purpose in everything you have done. This means it is not useful to “collect” activities or leadership positions for the sake of lengthening your résumé. It’s much more meaningful to find activities you really enjoy and show initiative in those areas. You don’t have to be the leader of seven clubs to be impressive—but no one gets credit just for showing up either. For each and every activity you do, admission officers want to know that you made that team or organization better because you were there.

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