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Admissions Impact of National Honor Society Rejection

Question: My son-- a high school junior--is a strong student with many extracurricular activities on his record. However, he was recently passed over for National Honor Society membership. He IS in Who's Who among American High School Students and is a member of The National Society of High School Scholars. How much will his NHS rejection hurt his college-admission chances?

Don't worry. Being--or not being--in NHS should have little or no impact on your son's college-admission success. Colleges judge students on what they HAVE achieved, not on what they haven't. The most elite colleges are looking for applicants who really stand out in a crowd, so--at these schools--NHS membership is so common that it doesn't set applicants apart at all.

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