Mock Trial Club
Model United Nations
Skiing & Snowboarding
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
University AdmissionsIt is possible to frame extracurricular-activities on university applications in various ways. Extracurricular-activities can signal social status and cultural capital. For example, being voted as class president indicates a student who is popular. Activities can also signal character traits such as entrepreneurial spirit, self-discipline, intelligence and coolness. Universities and colleges are often interested in extracurricular activities that are dissimilar from classes. For example, if you learn an instrument in afterschool lessons it is important to emphasize the performances you have given.Some extracurricular activities become very popular such that they may fail to help a student to stand out in an admissions process. These vary by generation with STEM activities currently popular amongst parents.Highly specific activities tend to stand out more than general activities. For example, jazz piano vs piano, astronomy vs science, swarm robotics vs robotics.Universities look for signs of passion, commitment and character. For example, founding a student club as opposed to casually participating. They are also likely to be interested in candidates that are highly competitive in their interests such as an individual who has won state championships in a sport.Anything you have done outside of school such as participating in cosplay conventions, taking a part-time job or starting a business can be viewed as a extracurricular activity.
NotesThe term extracurricular activities is used for K-12 and the term student activities is applied to college and university.
|Overview: Extracurricular Activities|
A voluntary activity performed by students as a form of enrichment, recreation and social interaction.