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Can political involvement hurt admissions chances?
My 10th grade daughter is very interested in conservative politics but up to this point has not been actively involved. She goes to a small, liberal private high school and there are no active conservative groups on campus. She would like to start a chapter of Young America's Foundation (conservative group) or a Republican club.
Her concern is YAF and college Republican groups have been in the news recently because several college chapters have brought certain high-profile conservative speakers to campus, resulting in protests and riots. She is afraid being active in one of these groups could potentially hurt her college admissions.
My daughter is not a "rock the boat" type and is not interested in stirring up controversy. She is truly passionate about conservatism and this is a way for her to get involved in something she's interested in. This could end up being an important EC for her. She's also involved in volleyball year-round (Varsity school team & club team), and she is on the Mock Trial team.
Clearly the faculty at most universities is overwhelmingly liberal, but what about the admissions office? Would they be less likely to admit an active conservative student in light of the current campus political climate?