High school students who want to get into college may find it more difficult to get into the school of their choice without an extensive list of extracurricular activities on their resume. This is because, as has been the case for decades, college admissions officers are looking for students who go above and beyond the call of duty for their schoolwork. Earning good grades and testing well is important, of course, but colleges are looking for students who can perform well in often rigid classroom setting and in their communities as well. Following instructions and turning assignments in on time shows responsibility, but participating in sports, community service organizations, and clubs, shows a commitment to the community that goes beyond academic excellence. It also shows a great deal of leadership qualities and talents beyond the classroom.
College admissions boards look for multi-talented individuals for their school. Colleges are constantly competing with each other for the best students so that they can showcase their excellent facilities and opportunities, which will attract more students and more tuition money. Participating in sports and clubs shows colleges that you aren’t afraid of more work, more responsibility, and that you aren’t afraid to put your talents to the test. Colleges want students who take risks and try new things. Participating in extracurricular activities can also help make up for a few sub-par grades or test scores that students may be stressed about on their college admissions forms. While participation in extracurricular activities won’t save ones chances if a student has poor grades all around, it could be the difference between getting in and getting a rejection letter.
Caroline McCaul was accepted into the University of Texas because of her stellar grades, test scores, and her long list of extracurricular activities she participated in throughout her high school career.