2 months ago
Admissions Advice

What order to list stuff in Activities and Awards section of UC application?

I heard you should list things by order of importance but in that case, mine would look something like: volunteer work, sport, sport, sport, volunteer work, sport, work experience, other course work, other course work, other course work, sport. It just seems so disjointed

Instead, should I group them, like just do all my sports at once, in order of importance to me as sports, even though that will mean they show up as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Then Volunteer work, in order of importance to me as volunteer work, showing up as 6, 7, and 8 etc. on my application?


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2 months ago

Hi @AlProf,

You should list your Activities in terms of importance/commitment. The ones that you have shown the most leadership in should be at the top, and the ones that you are less involved in you should consider putting at the bottom or removing. On average, students only use 6 of the 10 slots to input their most meaningful activities.

However, if you still want to include all of your activities, I would suggest not grouping them. An admissions officer skimming your application will be able to see that you're well-rounded rather than fixating on 5 sports listing at the beginning. You want to have the highest commitment and Tier activities, and then list the rest in descending order.

If you need help categorizing your activities into Tiers, I'd check out this article: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

Hope this helps!


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