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Can going to the gym be listed as an extracurricular activity?

Hi! I'm really into fitness and spend a lot of time at the gym working out. I'm not a part of any sports team, though. Can I list going to the gym as an extracurricular activity on my college application, or should I try to find something more structured/organized to add to my list? Thanks!

9 months ago

Absolutely! Going to the gym and focusing on fitness is a valid and valuable extracurricular activity. Colleges appreciate diverse interests and look for well-rounded students who engage in a variety of activities, even if they're not part of a structured organization.

That being said, if you can find ways to demonstrate leadership, commitment, or impact within your fitness-related activities, it will help you stand out further. For example, consider starting a fitness or workout group at your school, or volunteer as a fitness instructor at a local community center.

It's also a good idea to explore and participate in other extracurricular activities depending on your interests to ensure that your list is well-rounded. CollegeVine has a great blog post about extracurriculars that can provide more guidance: 'How to Choose the Right Extracurricular Activities for You'


Best of luck on your college applications!

9 months ago

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