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How important are extracurriculars in transferring?

henrychinaskihenrychinaski Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited November 2010 in Transfer Students
I'm a competitive student at a community college-- approx. 3.75 gpa, in the first semester of my second year. I haven't worked or done volunteering or any of the sort of extracurriculars that are typically listed in straight-from-high school undergrad apps.

Should I be doing volunteer work/other things to pad my application? I know that was important when I was applying straight out of high school, but it isn't mentioned much now.

Thoughts?
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Replies to: How important are extracurriculars in transferring?

  • AbsurdAbsurd Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    I think it depends on where you are applying.

    I don't think public schools care as much as private schools, but this is just speculation. I am sure they would help if you are considered a borderline applicant to the school, but EC's alone do not get you accepted.

    It also can make writing essays easier by giving you something to talk about, but many schools will warn you not to reiterate other parts of the application in the essay, so you don't necessarily have to talk about your ECs in your essays (I didn't, but then again I haven't been accepted anywhere yet :D).

    Best of luck.
  • transfers2010transfers2010 Registered User Posts: 494 Member
    Extracurriculars are essential for admission to the top schools.
  • Immy991Immy991 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Yeah if you're trying to get into Harvard, Stanford, UChi, etc.

    For large state schools? No. Even the better publics are more concerned with program requirements and GPA; if you meet the stated standards then you're probably in, though some programs at large state schools are competitive and you may need something to tip your app into the admit category.
  • ntradingntrading - Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Ya anyone who gets accepted as a transfer to harvard doesn't get in because of their grades or scores-its not like freshman that's just a cutt off really-once they see you have decent numbers the kids who have insane hooks and extra with compelling need to study specifically at their school get in.
  • ntradingntrading - Posts: 138 Junior Member
    But for public schools its just gpa and scores that they look at
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,399 Senior Member
    henrychinaski,

    If you have a list of target colleges/universities, you should pop by the transfer office at your CC and talk with the counselors there about your list. They will be able to give you an idea about your chances of admission at some, if not all, of the places on your list.
  • Immy991Immy991 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    If I could get my counselor office to actually give me useful information, I'd be very happy.

    I can say that as far as transferring, the internet is going to be your best friend. Nothing anyone from neither the school I'm at now nor the one I previously attended have been able to tell me anything I didn't already know from researching. Quite disappointing, but try to be as thorough as you can be.
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