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Is it enough to have 6 extracurriculars for Ivy League admission?

I'm a junior, and as I prepare for the college application process, I keep wondering if I need more extracurricular activities. How many extracurriculars do Ivy League universities generally look for? Would taking on a few more impress them?

9 months ago

Hey there! Great question. There's no 'magic number' of extracurriculars required for Ivy League schools. It's really more about the quality of your activities and how they demonstrate your passions and character. In general, Ivy League students show a deep commitment to a couple areas, as this allows them to be highly-accomplished in those areas.

Many accepted students have 8-10 total ECs, but keep in mind many are seasonal and centered around 1-2 areas. What matters more than quantity is the accomplishment within your ECs. You can see how colleges rank ECs here: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

Rather than focusing on the number of activities you have, consider how your current extracurriculars demonstrate your interests, skills, and potential for leadership. If you feel that taking on more activities would help showcase your strengths and unique qualities, go for it! But remember, it's essential not to spread yourself too thin.

For example, my child participated in a few activities that showcased their passion for the environment and community service in high school. This allowed them to tell a cohesive story while applying, which I believe really made an impact on the admissions officers. Good luck on your college journey!

9 months ago

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