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Difference between scholastic and non-scholastic?

RangedRanged Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
I know this probably has an obvious answer, but the border is still a bit fuzzy for me in distinguishing between scholastic honors and non-scholastic honors.

MIT's app lists the following
List any scholastic distinctions you have won since entering high school and indicate the level of distinction. List any non-scholastic distinctions you have won since entering high school and indicate the level of distinction.

What can I put in each?
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Replies to: Difference between scholastic and non-scholastic?

  • DexDex Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    scholastic -> everything inside school eg:school math team, school reading contest etc...
    non-scho -> everything else :) eg: private compeditions

    Definition:
    scho·las·tic (sk-lstk)
    adj.
    Of or relating to schools; academic.
  • geomomgeomom Registered User Posts: 742 Member
    Hmm, I don't think that's quite right. I'm pretty sure indivually entering Intel and winning it would be considered academic (scholastic) even though it is not through school. Also in this category would be winning a writing award for something published outside school, or doing well in math contests without your school math team.

    I would say non-scholastic awards are things you could without ever studying, e.g. qualifying for an Olympic team, volunteer of the year, Eagle Scout, winning a poker championship, receiving an Oscar.
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Super Moderator Posts: 12,374 Senior Member
    Many people seem to be confused about this.

    I sent an email to Matt a few days ago and mentioned that this seemed to be an issue, so I assume he or somebody else from admissions will address it at some point in a blog entry.

    When in doubt, though, making your own rule and applying it consistently will probably be fine.
  • RangedRanged Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Thanks everyone, I'm glad that I'm not the only one with this issue. It still seems like I'll have more honors in the scholastic half than the non-scholastic half.
  • ttyl8ttyl8 Registered User Posts: 414 Member
    I thought scholastic was anything academic (as in anything related to the core subjects- Math, Science, English, Foreign langauges, Social Sciences...) and non-scholastics was anything non-academic (like clubs).

    So Science competitions/Olympics, winning an essay contest (either within or outside of school), honour roll would be considered scholastic, and stuff like scouts, sports, games stuff, volunteering, and community service would be non-scholastic.
  • LauraNLauraN Registered User Posts: 882 Member
    Matt McGann just answered this question on his blog, as Mollie predicted:

    MIT Admissions | Blog Entry: "Application question: scholastic and non-scholastic distinctions?"

    An important point is that basically, it doesn't really matter. He stresses that there's no right or wrong way, so don't stress about it.
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Super Moderator Posts: 12,374 Senior Member
    So basically I was both clairvoyant and right in post #4. ;)
  • joshmajoshma Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Would it be bad taste, then, to "apply my own rule consistently" that scholastic would pertain to core subjects only? I've done research and I'm in Technology Student Association, and I was hoping to sort my awards as follows:

    Scholastic:
    [NMSC]
    [AP Scholar]
    [Olympiad]
    [Physics League]
    [Merck Science Day]

    Non-Scholastic:
    [Varsity Letter]
    [Research]
    [Research]
    [Technology Student Association]

    Frankly (and forgivably, I hope) I want to show off as many awards as I can. Does this sound reasonable?
  • CalAlumCalAlum Registered User Posts: 1,367 Senior Member
    ^^ It looks great to me.
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