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What are the actual benefits of National Honor Society in the college admissions process?

Hello fellow juniors, I just got my invite to the National Honor Society! Super excited, but I'm also a bit skeptical. What benefits does NHS membership actually offer when applying to colleges?

7 months ago

Congratulations on your NHS invitation! Membership in the National Honor Society is viewed positively by college admissions committees.

While NHS is a Tier 3 extracurricular, which means it's not as unique as Tier 1 or 2 activities, it still signifies that you've achieved a standard of academic excellence, leadership, service, and character. These are all values that align with what colleges are looking for in their students. 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/

However, remember that NHS should be a complement to your application, not the centerpiece. It's important to also demonstrate deep involvement and leadership skills within your extracurriculars, which give a stronger impression of your character and potential contributions to a college community.

Lastly, use your NHS experience to engage in meaningful community service projects, which can provide substantial experiences for personal essays or interviews. In short, while NHS membership alone won't make or break your application, it can enhance a well-rounded profile and provide additional opportunities to showcase your strengths.

7 months ago

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