7 months ago
Admissions Advice

Debate in STEM major

Does anyone know if participating in Speech and Debate increases your chances of admissions, even when you are going into a STEM major? I know excelling in that extracurricular is very important, but I was wondering if that along showed how multifaceted one is.

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7 months ago

Short answer here: No matter what the intended major is, it is always good to include additional extracurriculars that do not pertain specifically to your desired field of study. And as long as you are good at what you do, or you are considered a Leader or Founder especially, then the extracurricular is good. This source provides great insight on that: (https://www.collegetransitions.com/blog/how-many-extracurricular-activities-do-i-need-for-college/).

Essentially, what you have said, it expresses that you are well-rounded and have a “multifaceted” approach to education and learning. Unless you are takin to Many extracurriculars (like the source advises) then it can never truly hurt you or put you in a bad light.

Hope this provides proper insight and good luck!

7 months ago

Hello! If your passionate about your extracurriculars, they don't have to be related to your future major at all. In fact, it's probably better to have at least some not stem-related extracurriculars to show other aspects of your personality so you can come across as well-rounded. The college wants to get to know you as a person and see if you will fit their campus, so they care about more than just your academics. Hope this helped!


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