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Is National Honor Society an Honor/Award or an Extracurricular Activity?

sugarcookiesugarcookie Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2012 in Common Application
Just wondering where to list it...you have to be selected for it (like an honor or award) but I'm also an active member of it (like a club). I'm sure everyone else here is in it so where are you all listing it?
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Replies to: Is National Honor Society an Honor/Award or an Extracurricular Activity?

  • notan_oxymoronnotan_oxymoron Posts: 170Registered User Junior Member
    I'm listing it as an extracurricular.
    I think NHS is pretty common, even though different schools may have different standards for it. Our NHS is supposed to be pretty selective, but I personally don't think standards are very high for entrance. So in that sense, I don't consider it an honor.
    However, the actual activity does take up time (we do a good amount of community service, have meetings, etc). Therefore, I consider it an EC.
    However, you should probably consider it in context.
  • clocksaysits9clocksaysits9 Posts: 115Registered User Junior Member
    Agreeing withnotan, I'll put it as an extracurricular..its almost given that people applying to good schools would be in these honor societies so don't stress about it too much..they would know about it anyway
  • NuclearPenguinsNuclearPenguins Posts: 588Registered User Member
    So I never participated in NHS, but I did get inducted into it (got a postcard). What's the difference?
  • n0vad3m0nn0vad3m0n Posts: 827Registered User Member
    NuclearPenguins, I'm not sure that was the NHS that inducted you, especially if they simply gave you a postcard.

    It would depend on what you do for NHS. Some chapters are very active while others are passive. For passive honor societies, I would list them as honors. For active ones, they can definitely fit into the extracurriculars. Or would it be possible to list them as both?
  • 10iswarrior10iswarrior Posts: 362Registered User Member
    Yeah, I'll probably be listing mine as an honor.

    I don't do anything in our NHS, I just paid my dues and then didn't show up for another meeting. Our NHS is very lax, all you need is 3.5+ UW GPA and you're in. We inducted like 110 kids out of a 330 kid class. That's 1/3 of our class. It's pretty ridiculous.
  • sugarcookiesugarcookie Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    NHS is something your school selects you for (at my school you had to fill out an application after you were nominated). If you got something in the mail, its something different.

    And thanks for the input everyone, I'll probably keep it as an extracurricular because I'm reasonably involved in it, same with Spanish Honor Society.
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Posts: 4,673Registered User Senior Member
    Either is fine. Last year I put down NHS as a honor/award.
    It would depend on what you do for NHS. Some chapters are very active while others are passive. For passive honor societies, I would list them as honors. For active ones, they can definitely fit into the extracurriculars. Or would it be possible to list them as both?

    That's kind of what I thought too, except I wouldn't want to list it twice: why waste the space :)?
  • NuclearPenguinsNuclearPenguins Posts: 588Registered User Member
    Ok to clarify, I was sent a postcard by my HS saying I was inducted to NHS, and that there was a dinner/banquet thing I was invited to.
  • miss_murd3rmiss_murd3r Posts: 804Registered User Member
    Extracurricular.

    If you were on Honor Roll, that would be considered an honor (which I assume you are on, considering you are in NHS).
  • n0vad3m0nn0vad3m0n Posts: 827Registered User Member
    How would you distinguish the "Honor Society" part in the Activities section?
  • notan_oxymoronnotan_oxymoron Posts: 170Registered User Junior Member
    ^ Probably in the description box. I listed NHS as "Volunteer" and put the name in "Details and Accomplishments."
  • gamernotwatchergamernotwatcher Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    Induction into an honor society is an honor. Ours is passive, but the inductees are seriously involved in the community and school, these involvements are listed as activities.

    For our school 36 were inducted last year, out of 3000 students.
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