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domt73domt73 Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
edited April 5 in College Admissions
Does NHS matter when applying to top universities like Ivy League, Stanford, UChicago, MIT, etc?

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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 Registered User Posts: 1,647 Senior Member
    Not really. The qualifications that get you in to NHS are merely baselines for the tippy top schools.

    It is still worth it, though. It may help you qualify for 3rd party scholarships, and wearing the special tassel at graduation will look great in photos and will make your parents proud.
  • mom2twogirlsmom2twogirls Registered User Posts: 2,250 Senior Member
    It probably varies. Some schools have junior NHS or have early inductions into NHS. It’s possible that it helps their apps more, particularly if the students have leadership roles in them. At my kids’ school, the earliest inductions are at the very end of 11th grade. When kids are applying to colleges (especially EA/ED), they haven’t had time to actually do anything in NHS. Even the officers. I can’t imagine that being in NHS really matters for their apps.
  • domt73domt73 Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    My school’s NHS does not give us tassels for graduation.😔😔
  • tdy123tdy123 Registered User Posts: 679 Member
    Nope. Wouldn't even mention it on applications. Also wouldn't bother mentioning any flavors of AP scholar. would mention NMSF or NMF
  • domt73domt73 Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    Do you all think it is better to have NHS or have numerous activities that show my interest for Environmental Engineering?
  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 Registered User Posts: 1,647 Senior Member
    Probably the enviro engineering ECs. However, is there a reason you can't have them both? What are the NHS requirements at your high school? Usually it's just a certain GPA, some hours of service, and evidence of leadership. You can do your hours of service in a enviro engineering related task.
  • rphcfbrphcfb Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member
    If you don’t think you could be in NHS, focus your energy in getting the best GPA you can while working on EC that shows your interest in Env Engineering. You do not need “numerous” avtivities. Quantity is not quality. Do a few relevant EC very well is far better doing numerous of them for the sake of having a long list of activities on your application.

    My D was not selected to NHS because a lack of a leadership role (she had the grade and community activities). By the time she applied to college, She had 3 volunteer and community activities listed on her application. She had done those consistently all four years in HS. She got accepted to a very selective college.
  • domt73domt73 Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    Has she followed her passion to get her into her school? What school does she go? @rphcfb
  • rphcfbrphcfb Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member
    Some students (or parents) may be turned off by the word “passion” as they may not be quite passionate about any major in particular. My daughter knew what she wanted to study, was able to do EC that in line with it and able to express it very well in her essay. She was accepted to Cornell, College of Arts and Science, a humanities major.

    You aim extremely high. You should read other threads where students had excellent all around stats and still were not accepted in MIT, Standard, etc. Nothing wrong with aiming very high but it’s very important to be realistic and prepare for other college options.
  • domt73domt73 Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    What do u mean @rphcfb? Are u saying that u should not only focus on top schools but also focus on other schools?
  • Waldo755Waldo755 Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    By the way, my son was also rejected the first time he applied to NHS, and then refused to apply the second time they asked. He was denied due to leadership, which by senior year he had several positions. All was fine, he is now a freshman at WashU, so obviously not having NHS did not hard him at all. :)
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,714 Forum Champion
    To be inducted into NHS, in general you need the four pillars: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.

    Guess what colleges are looking for? Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.

    So NHS is a way of the school honoring the students who excel in those four pillars. That is a very good thing! We honor football players and band members and such...let's also honor academics!
    Also, parents love to see their children publicly honored.

    But the "title" of NHS is not something you need for admittance to college.
  • rphcfbrphcfb Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member
    Yes, that’s what I meant. Have you read threads after threads of students with excellent academic achievements not getting accepted to top colleges? Here’s a recent one.


    Expanding your list of schools to include safety schools is wise. More importantly, make sure schools on your list are affordable. Getting accepted to a school that your family could not afford is a big disappointment all around.
  • domt73domt73 Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    edited April 20
    Here are some clubs that I have (currently) that I truly like and would put on my college apps. I do play sports, but, I want to fill my application with ECs that I want to pursue in College.

    Math Club
    Engineering Club
    Key Club
    Environmental Protection Club
    Interact Club
    Math and Science Tutor
    Nursery Part Time Worker (Summer)
    Park Volunteer (Summer)

    How do you guys think of these extracurricular so far. Prob going to do more and try to get leadership positions also.
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