Not a lot of extracurricular activities?

<p>How much would it hurt my chances of getting accepted into college if I have not done much extracurricular activities? </p>

<p>I mean let's say that I'm only able to check one or two boxes on the applications for ECs. </p>

<p>The few ECs I have done were mostly out of school and I hardly did anything with sports. </p>

<p>Here's the few ECs I did:
-Civil Air Patrol
-designed/programmed computer programs,
-volunteered at nursing homes and at a preserve
- researched bacteriophages on my own time using my uncle's lab
- I volunteered to be an usher at an opening night at Army and Navy Academy?</p>

<p>hmm...I really don't know what colleges would consider as ECs.</p>

<p>The majority of colleges won't care about your ECs at all. And yours aren't bad, anyway. Where are you thinking about applying?</p>

<p>I'm thinking of applying to UCs</p>

<p>I was ranked in the top 2% in the country by US Chess Federation in Under 21 category. Used to love chess with a burning passion. Only other thing I did was volunteering for 125hours.</p>

<p>I got into Emory.</p>

<p>My son does not have much in the way of EC's either.</p>

<p>Unless you had fabulous EC's, such as captain of the football team, or concert pianist, I don't think that EC's will matter that much, if you have the stats to get into a school.</p>

<p>For example, let's say the school has 1000 spots. And your grades put you at #500. The lack of ECs might bang you down to 600, but you will still be one of the 1000.</p>

<p>My son could have been on the tennis team, but was advised that unless he was southeast regionnal champion, or something like that, simply being on the tennis team wouldn't mean much.</p>

<p>For the top schools though, so many applicants have similar scores and grades, so unique ECs definitely help. Winning a conference in tennis and placing well at the state and regional is still really good as it shows your dedication and that you are good at something and have a passion. At top schools, sure grades matter, but after a certain point, there are still so many well qualified students, so ECs will help.</p>

I'm thinking of applying to UCs


Are you in-state for the UCs? I ask because of this:

I volunteered to be an usher at an opening night at Army and Navy Academy?

That doesn't sound like it would happen in CA. OOS cost of attendance at the UCs is near $50K/year. Will your parents pay that much?</p>

<p>Using UCLA as an example, ECs are less important than scores, GPA, class rigor, and essay. UCLA</a> Office of Analysis and Information Management | AIM</p>

<p>Army and Navy Academy located in San Diego, CA. </p>

<p>I live in California.</p>