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Does it look bad if you don't fill up all(or close to) of the 10 slots for activities?

2jae7jbyj2jae7jbyj Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
Hi guys! I'm an uprising senior and I'm pretty worried because I feel like my extracurriculars are fairly weak. I only have about 5 activities, however I spend quite a lot of time on each of them. I realize that depth of time spent on each one is more important than having a laundry list of activities with little dedication, but as I read these chance threads I can't help but notice how so many other students have like 10+ activities they do at once.

Does it look bad if I only list like 5 activities?

Anyways, I'm applying to fairly competitive schools in the fall, so will this hurt me? I have a 3.97 UW GPA and 33 ACT. Thanks so much for reading this-- any advice is appreciated.

Replies to: Does it look bad if you don't fill up all(or close to) of the 10 slots for activities?

  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 12,915 Senior Member
    Does it look bad if I only list like 5 activities?
    no
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    Quality, not quantity.

    20 fluff ECs are nothing compared to 2 super passionate ones.

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 43,634 Super Moderator
    Does it look bad if I only list like 5 activities?
    If you're a recruited athlete, you only need to fill in one box. For everyone else, quality > quantity.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 24,504 Forum Champion
    If you have 5 activities where you barely show up and are minimally involved it won't be good for top schools, but if you have 5 activities where you have a depth of involvement in at least some of them, you are totally fine. My S had about 5 ECs that he listed but two of them had a very big long-standing commitments and he did just fine in terms of college admissions.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,904 Forum Champion
    Also if you did, say , Band: that could be Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band and All State which you could put as 1 or 4 ECs.
  • 2jae7jbyj2jae7jbyj Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Okay all of this advice made me feel a lot better :) Thanks so much!
  • 2jae7jbyj2jae7jbyj Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Sorry that I'm bumping this thread again, but does it also look bad if you did activities for a only portion of your high school years? For most of my activities, I did not participate in all four years. For example, I only did(and still doing) my main/favorite activity for my Junior/Senior years. Does this signal a lack of dedication? Sorry if I come off as stingy but I'm just really stressed about college haha
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,904 Forum Champion
    Most colleges admit you based on GPA/ACT/SAT.
    If you have gone in depth on that activity or shown leadership then you are fine.
    And even if you haven't...you are still fine.
  • yonceonhismouthyonceonhismouth Registered User Posts: 1,977 Senior Member
    It depends on which colleges you are applying to. But, almost every single college will say quality > quantity...to a point. They want people who will get involved and show commitment to SOMETHING, it can literally be anything. I would definitely say if you are worried about ECs find something related to what you might want to major in and join- you could even try applying for an internship over the summer!
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