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How many volunteering hours should any high school student put in to get a decent acceptance to a college?

I am currently in 11th grade and I have put in about 130-145 hours of volunteering work. I was wondering if that would be enough but I am not sure. I know good grades are a factor but I was wondering what the most a child can put in? #college #science #health #school #college-admissions #biomedical-engineering #volunteering #school-counseling

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Ben’s Answer

The answer is as much as you want! I know high schools have a required amount of community service you have to do. After you completed the required amount, it's all up to you how much volunteering you want to do. Just make sure it doesn't interfere with your studies, because maintaining a good GPA is important too.


I believe colleges would be impressed if you are able to say, "I volunteered insert organization name for 4-5 hours every weekend. I really have had a passion for ____ cause." You could totally write about that on your college essays. Also, if you consistently spend time volunteering for a certain organization, I'm pretty sure you will create friendships with people who work there and in charge of the organization. If they see thay you have a good work ethic, they could write you recommendation letters. Doing extra work is impressive. If you're able to go beyond, that is going to put you ahead of the curve. Does it guarantee you'll get into your top school? No. However, your chances have increased significantly.

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Vernon’s Answer

While volunteering shows the screeners that you are involved with your community and thus probably have high-quality character, the number of hours really has no significance to their decision. It matters more that your volunteering has QUALITY hours, not necessarily a large number of them.


I suggest you spend more time on your H.S. studies and test scores.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Talha!


Congratulations on doing volunteering. Not only is this a good way of giving of yourself, but volunteering can be a very important way of career exploration along with internships, coop programs, and shadowing.


How does one know when he/she had done enough volunteering and other career exploration opportunities? One could say it is when one finds that one has a good idea of a path to follow through their education and career, and this is not measured in hours. but in clarity of direction.


Please let me know if and how this has been helpful. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.

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Professor SIR Lloyd’s Answer

whatever your college major is and your career goal begin to search for a business too volunteer in and request for a permanent internship to provide you with the necessary skills abilities early training to begin your transition within your career now. Take college classes online now to begin your immediate college future now to prepare you well.


the more you volunteer and internship in your career choice you will be ahead of the learning curve and your employment goals.

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