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How much weight do colleges put on extracurricular activities?

Hey guys, I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about college applications. I'm wondering how much weight colleges put on extracurricular activities compared to other factors like GPA and test scores. Should I be worried if I don't have a lot of extracurriculars? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're starting to think about college applications. While GPA and test scores are important, extracurricular activities definitely play a significant role in the admissions process. Colleges like to see that you're a well-rounded individual with diverse interests, and extracurriculars help demonstrate that.

However, it's not just about the quantity of activities; the quality and your level of involvement matter more. For example, my child was heavily involved in just a few clubs and sports but showed dedication and held leadership positions in them. This can be more impressive than simply participating in a long list of activities without much commitment.

So, if you don't have a lot of extracurriculars at the moment, try focusing on a few that genuinely interest you and aim to make a meaningful impact in those areas. Remember, it's never too late to get involved, and colleges will appreciate your efforts to grow beyond academics. Good luck!

9 months ago

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