How important are extracurriculars?

<p>I am an Anthro major, and I'm applying as a transfer student this year. I'm transferring in one year because I took courses during my high school senior year, but because of this, I don't have much extracurriculars related to my major.
I have a 3.9 gpa and hoping to get into CAL? Is this bad?</p>

<p>nah bro ure chill. just hug it out, *****</p>

<p><strong>this important</strong></p>

<p>i have the same problem. im an anthro major with no ec's....</p>

<p>Why is anthro getting so popular lately anyway?</p>

<p>"From Taiko to the Rubberband Club, leadership, passion and talents abound at Cal. A diverse student body where interests run the gamut creates a vibrant campus. In our comprehensive review, you will be looked at as a total person. Sustained passion for and involvement in extra-curricular activities help us see your potential as a leader and your ability to contribute to our campus community. So achievement in these areas may influence our decision, but it may or may not be a deciding factor. </p>

<p>Transfer students do not always have the option of participating in extracurricular activities, but other qualities and experiences can demonstrate your strengths in the areas of leadership, talent, passion, commitment and the ability to achieve in the face of challenges. "
From UCB's website.</p>

<p>I see extracurriculars as the cherry on the top-- nothing more, nothing less.</p>

<p>I think it does factor in a bit for the most competitive majors and probably Berkeley.</p>

<p>For most UCs except UCLA and Berkeley ECs really do not matter. For UCLA and UCB especially for UCB, they want to see that you are doing something. If you are working, have family responsibilities, and the likes of that they do not expect you to be doing ECs. However If you are not doing anything that would make it to difficult to be doing ECs you should probably be doing something besides course work. I emailed an admissions officer regarding the importance of ECs about a year ago and this was here quote from my email "Are your extra-curriculars at the community college level? (she asked me about my ECs) Often times students think that what they did in high school is sufficient. We are very concerned with what you are doing at the transfer level in terms of your actitives." But this is not to say that if you have not done ECs you will not get into a UCLA or UCB, just if you have the opportunity you should get involved in other aspects of your education.</p>

<p>Depends where you are applying...but E/C, in my opinion, are very important.</p>

<p>if you're applying to Haas then yes very much. but you're not.</p>

<p>so ec's hardly count. you'll be perfectly fine.</p>

<p>I agree with thedude44.</p>

<p>If you have other commitments, than that's fine. But if you participate in extracurriculars, it shows that your taking advantage of opportunities on campus to meet people, broaden your perspective, and become something more than just a student. </p>

<p>It shows initiative and the willingness to explore what's around you, as opposed to just sitting on your *** and getting a 4.0.</p>

<p>Well, it certainly doesn't hurt to have some ECs so you can present yourself as a well-rounded student as opposed to just a study junkie.</p>

<p>it helps having ECs if you're GPA is not so good.
two of my friends got into UCB's and UCLA's anthro.
one has a gpa below 2.9 and the other one has around 3.3 or so
they were doing 100+ hours of volunteer per sem and where involved with campus stuff...</p>

<p>I volunteer at an assisted living home and petsmart, and I'm a freshman at a community college. would my hours there at all look good? or should i look for something more mainstream?</p>

<p>BONES dude that show is the *****</p>

<p>I just came to US two years ago and I did some volunteer in my country, can I also write it in my application? and I want to know after we get admitted, will UC ask us to show the proof of the ec like some letter, etc.</p>