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Are Extracurriculars Essential for Admission to Top-Tier Colleges?

Question: My kid is a top student at a very demanding private high school. She has few extracurricular activities and seems too busy with her studies and recreational reading to get involved. Are there any schools in the top 25 (or at that level) that do not consider EC's?

As you probably already suspect, all top colleges consider a student’s extracurricular activities when making admission decisions, but you still may have wider berth than you think. “EC’s” don’t only mean yearbooks and literary magazines and lacrosse teams. In fact, you can imagine how easy it must be for admission folks to nod off when they’ve just read their 200th tribute to the glories of Model U.N. or Mock Trial, and they always perk up when they spot something new and different on an application.

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