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2 years ago
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I have been invited to join the National Honors Society at my school. I am a relatively smart student, with a 4.0 unweighted GPA and all honors classes. However, I do not do any community volunteering after school, nor have I taken up a leadership role in anything. I joined a few clubs last school year, but nothing significant was accomplished in these clubs.

How will my application be affected? Will I be looked over because of this? I do believe I have a strong character, particularly in the areas of hard work, honesty, and responsibility. What are some ways I could make up for these missing areas? The application is due in a few days.

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2 years ago[edited]

Hi @atara,

Thanks for asking this question. I'll help you by answering it.

The NHS application is not like a college application. Besides having a decent GPA (I think 85/100 is the bar), and having min. ECS and volunteering, and good personal character, I haven't heard of rejection in this society. The bar is kind of low.

And if for some reason you get passed over, I wouldn't worry about it because it's not a particularly noteworthy achievement. I say this because over 1,000,000 are active members of the NHS. I don't know what the breakdown is but I'm guessing like 500,000-700,000 seniors are in this organization which is close to 15%-20% of all college-bound applicants.

On the opposite end of the competitive scale for scholarships are the following:

-National Merit Scholar Finalist - only about 15000

-Gates Scholars - 300

-Jack Kent Cooke Scholars - 40

-Coca Cola Scholar Finalists - 150

-Horatio Alger Scholars - 1500

-Questbridge Match Finalists - 1650

-US Presidential Scholars (625 semi-finalists, 161 finalists)

So don't worry about this too much.

Good luck.

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2 years ago

Since you meet the GPA requirement and you have done some extracurriculars, your acceptance to NHS is almost guaranteed. To strengthen your NHS application as well as your college applications, start doing more extracurriculars - here are a few activities you can do at home. Hope this helps!

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