Everything You Need to Know About the Activities List


The Common App is divided into sections which ask for your contact information, demographics, school name and address, test scores, personal statement, and of course, the activities list. 

The activities list is more than a resumé. It is a significant element which provides admissions officers insight into your personality and how you choose to spend your time outside of school. A strategically-written activities list can help distinguish you from your peers. Admissions officers use your extracurricular titles, descriptions, and the duration of your participation to understand what you’re passionate about, whether you’re a hardworking and committed individual, and how your extracurriculars connect to the rest of your application.

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