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What types of extracurricular activities are colleges most interested in?

Are they more interested in group activities like marching band or a sports team? Or are they more interested in academic organizations like student government, FBLA, or SMAC (Student Movement Against Cancer)? Is work experience, like teaching piano lessons, equally as important or more important than these activities?

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Harris’s Answer

I don't think they are interested in one over another. Do what you are passionate about!
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Daria’s Answer

Hi Kristen,


It's great that you're thinking about various extracurricular activities that colleges would be interested in!


I would say that what colleges value most when it comes to activities listed on your application is whether it was something you were truly passionate about. If you love being in student government, then do that, and it will allow you to tell a personal story of how much you enjoyed being involved in that organization and why. The same goes for any sport or marching band, as long as the reason you're doing it isn't just for college applications. If you truly have an interest in business and enjoy being part of FBLA, that would be something you can also take with you to college and join a student-led business organization that is active at that college. If you're able to speak about your interest to get involved on campus this way in your admissions essays or interviews, then it would likely make you stand out.


However, colleges also value leadership experience. For example, if you were the president (or equivalent) of SMAC, it would look better than if you were just a participant who came to events.

Work experience would also look good on an application, because it would show that you could manage your time well between school responsibilities and work.


I hope this helps!

Thank you comment icon Thank you for the insight! Kristen
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Savannah’s Answer

Hi! It depends on what collage you are applying and want to get into. Colleges love people who are balances, they don't want someone who is really smart that that is all the the person does, They want to be shown what someone has time management skills. They want someone who has social live and a school live. They want people to be involved in sport, clubs, Honor societies and also good grades. The want to see what makes you different and what you bring to the university. Hope this helps. You got this!
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