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Does your political involvement affect your admission?

SpinachSpinach Registered User Posts: 436 Junior Member
edited November 2005 in College Admissions
If a student was involved in political activism, etc., for a particularly party (as part of their extra-curricular activities), could that affect the student's admission to a school? Like if the adcoms had conflicting views on what the student was involved with?
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Replies to: Does your political involvement affect your admission?

  • scarletleavyscarletleavy Registered User Posts: 2,374 Senior Member
    I think adcoms try to remain pretty neutral. But your views, if extreme and opposite from the prevailing view at the school, could have some effect, at least subconcious. But in general I wouldn't apply to a school that had a vastly different ideology.
  • dufus3709dufus3709 Registered User Posts: 3,052 Senior Member
    I can not imagine that any political views short of anarchy or the armed overthrow of the nation would be held against you during admissions. However, if you write about it in an essay, try to sound flexible and respectful about the views of others. They might hold being a zealot against a person.
  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
    Intelligent Design/Right to Life/Prayer in School......all put you in at Bob Jones.
  • drummerdude_07drummerdude_07 Registered User Posts: 1,345 Senior Member
    I would generally agree that anything considered extreme should be avoided. However, the state of today's top universities is such that a socialist is considered in the mainstream, while pretty much anyone who is a Republican is heavily frowned upon. I don't know if this attitude, mainly held by the administration and professors, translates to those people who are reading your essays, but why take the risk?
  • scarletleavyscarletleavy Registered User Posts: 2,374 Senior Member
    If you are worried about your political beliefs affecting your admission, you should ask yourself if you really belong at that school.
  • starrystarry Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    trust me...they don't
  • ilikenoodlesilikenoodles Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    I'm sure not. Of course, if you've worked on the Ted Kennedy Campaign or with the Socialist Party and are applying to well-know bastion of Conservatism (I'm definitely thinking more along the lines of extremist Bob Jones than Wheaton, Catholic U. or Notre Dame) maybe downplay your activism. Duh.
  • dufus3709dufus3709 Registered User Posts: 3,052 Senior Member
    Some LAC's where anyone to the left of Marx is mainstream might possibly be seeking diversity. I can just see the adcoms saying that it would be nice to have one or two Republicans on campus. :)
  • drummerdude_07drummerdude_07 Registered User Posts: 1,345 Senior Member
    When all the professors are liberals or worse, and the administration is the same, that's not diversity, it's the exact opposite. Everyone likes to talk about Bob Jones and Wheaton, and yes those and a few others lean right, but nearly every other campus in the country leans well left of the general population. That's all I'm saying. And that the kids here are mostly concerned with top 50 or top 100 schools, and the left has pretty much a monopoly on every one of those.

    But now that I think about that, and about who is going to be reading the essays, you are probably all right no matter what affiliation you have, short of terrorist or Nazi.
  • red06red06 Registered User Posts: 1,532 Senior Member
    Is it advisable to list working for a political campaign as an ec? lets say a conservative candidate, to notre dame?

    or lets say, a conservative candidate to nyu? u mich? usc?

  • ilikenoodlesilikenoodles Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    You should work/volunteer for a campaign because you geniunely want the candidate to win the election, and think that he or she is the most qualified for the office. Not to resume-build.
  • drummerdude_07drummerdude_07 Registered User Posts: 1,345 Senior Member
    Red, list it no matter what! I don't see party affiliation being a factor at all, let alone a deciding factor.
  • maverachmaverach Registered User Posts: 416 Member
    Drummer, I agree with you in that...all college profs/adcoms are most likely liberal...the bleeding-heart types. So if you're a member of "young democrats" it'll probably help your chances..."teenage republicans"...you're screwed.

    I'm not serious, but why risk it unless it's a really important activity to you.
  • shainalovesshainaloves Registered User Posts: 671 Member
    I wrote my political involvement without mention of which party. It's easy.

    "I volunteered __ hours during the 2004 presidential campaign."
  • jbsmith2006jbsmith2006 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Amen shainaloves. I did the exact same thing! It doesnt matter who you worked for as much as the fact that you were active in the democratic process. I was interviewing at Bates and my counselor honed in on my political leanings. Knowing that Bates is very liberal, and unwilling to take the risk of showing my inner conservatism, I answered the questions posed but did not hint at my political ideologies. They probably could have read between the lines (eagle scout, VFW contests, etc. but I still felt that if I'm good enough to get in that's great but my political persuasion should not factor in to my acceptance or deferral.
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