Colleges are looking for well-rounded students. They are interested in students who have learned to balance academics, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the community.

Are colleges only looking at our grades and test scores? Do they care about what we do outside of class? 


What Counts as an Extracurricular Activity? 

You might be thinking  that you don't do anything that a college admissions team would consider an extracurricular activity. 

 Remember, THINK BROADLY. Extracurricular activities can include: 

  • Activities at your place of worship: Do you sing in the choir? Help with Sunday school? Usher? Do outreach with other members?

  • Part-time/Summer Job: Have you participated in Baltimore City's Youthworks program? Do you work after-school? Colleges want to hear about this, too! 

  • Volunteering/Community Service: Have you helped with a neighborhood clean up day? Help the feed homeless? 

  • Governance: Are you on student council? Homecoming committee? 

  • Arts: Have you participated in plays in the community? Are you on the dance ministry at your church? 

  • Hobbies:  Are you on a hip-hop dance team? Are you a member in an anime club? 

  • Music: Do you play in a band or music group? Have you recorded songs as an independent artist?

  • Sports: Do you play intramural sport? Are you on a sports team in the community? 

Getting involved in activities outside of the classroom are great ways to explore new areas of interest, gain new skills, learn more about yourself, and have fun!

Extracurricular activities are sometimes the key to figuring out what you want your future career to be. It might be in drama club where you realize you want to major in theater arts or volunteering at a preschool where you first consider a career in education. 

  • Do what you love:  Don't think about what might look good to an admissions team. Pursue your interests and individual talents.

  • Quality over Quantity: You don't need to fill your schedule with lots of activities. Select a few activities and increase your involvement or level of expertise over time. 

  • Be Consistent: Colleges want to see that you are committed. 

How you spend your time outside of the classroom gives colleges a better idea about who you are and what's important to you. Your extracurricular activities can highlight personal characteristics and valuable traits that cannot be shown through grades and test scores.

They're important to you 

They're important to colleges 

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