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Why Do Colleges Ask About Post-High School Experiences?

Question: Why do admission committees want to know what you did between the time of your high school graduation and the time you are applying to their college?

Colleges are interested in your post-high-school undertakings for a couple reasons. Primarily, they want this information much in the same vein that they want to know not only about your classes, grades, and test scores, but also about your extracurricular activities, hobbies, and work experience. In other words, they're interested in seeing the "whole person" behind an application, and the way that you spend your non-academic time can provide helpful insight into who you really are.

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