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How many extracurriculars do Ivy League schools expect applicants to have?

Hello, I've been considering applying to Ivy League schools, but I'm curious about how many extracurriculars they expect from applicants. I've been involved in various clubs and organizations throughout high school, but I'm worried it might not be enough. Any advice or insight would be great!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great to hear that you're considering applying to Ivy League schools. When it comes to extracurriculars, there isn't a specific number that they expect from applicants. Instead, admissions officers focus on the quality and depth of your involvement rather than just the quantity.

For instance, they would rather see you deeply engaged and making a real impact in 2 or 3 activities than being superficially involved in 10 different clubs. However, keep in mind that most successful applicants have 8-10 total activities (many of which are seasonal), and they are centered around 1-2 deeply-held interests where the student is highly-accomplished. It's important to demonstrate commitment, leadership, and passion in your extracurricular involvements.

Don't worry too much about hitting a certain number of activities. Instead, focus on showcasing the extracurriculars that you're genuinely passionate about and have made significant contributions to. Use the application essays to highlight the effect these activities have had on your character and personal growth.

Remember that admissions officers are looking for accomplished students with a genuine interest in their activities. So, keep pursuing the clubs and organizations that you're passionate about, and good luck with your applications!

You can read more about how colleges evaluate ECs here: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

9 months ago

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