What are the best extracurricular activities to help with college applications?

The best extracurricular activities to help with college applications are ones that demonstrate your interests, passions, and skills. Admissions officers are looking for students who are not only academically excellent but also well-rounded and socially active. Consider activities that showcase your leadership, such as being captain of a sports team, founder of an organization, leader of a socially relevant activity, or president of a club. Participation in community service or volunteering can also make a positive impact, as it shows a commitment to helping others. 

For example, if you’re applying to major in the arts, involvement in music, theater, or visual arts organizations can highlight your creativity and artistic skills. Likewise, participating in academic clubs or joining competitions can demonstrate your dedication to learning and intellectual curiosity. Choose activities that align with your chosen field of interest.

There is no hard and fast rule to choosing extracurricular activities. The best activities are ones that you are passionate and enthusiastic about. Colleges are interested in knowing how you have made a difference in your community, pursued your interests, and developed valuable skills that you can apply to the school during your stay.

Our individualized approach to admissions consulting allows us to suggest tailored activities to our students. We consider factors such as your personal and academic goals, your network of friends and acquaintances, and the appropriateness of the activity to the major you are applying to. Our strategies are based on years of experience in college admissions and our knowledge of what different colleges want from their applicants.