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Is participation in Model UN impressive to colleges?

So I've been really involved in Model UN throughout high school, and I'm starting to think about college apps. Does having Model UN experience give any advantage or look particularly good to admissions officers?

7 months ago

Active participation in Model UN can be an asset on your college applications, especially since it demonstrates skills in public speaking, diplomacy, and critical thinking. The extent to which it will stand out to admissions officers often depends on your level of involvement and achievement within the activity. If you've held leadership positions, organized conferences, or have won awards, these distinctions signal a commitment that can capture an admissions officer's attention.

Model UN fits into what is considered a Tier 3 extracurricular activity—it shows dedication and interest but is fairly common. For more on the 4 Tiers of Extracurricular Activities, check out this CollegeVine article: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

The key is to highlight your unique contributions and the specific skills you developed through Model UN. For instance, if you've represented different countries and thus developed a deep understanding of various global issues and diplomatic strategies, this can be a point of interest on your applications.

It’s also beneficial if your interest in Model UN ties into your proposed field of study as it shows consistency in your academic and extracurricular pursuits. Remember, beyond just listing the activity, use your essays or short answer sections to reflect on what you've learned from Model UN, the initiatives you took, and how it's shaped your worldview or future goals.

7 months ago

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