How to Get Into an Ivy League: Extracurricular Activities

If you’ve been following Elizabeth Heaton’s Huffington Post series Who Gets Into Harvard?, you know that a stellar high school transcript and equally compelling standardized test scores are crucial ingredients in a successful bid for admission to an Ivy League college, but are high grades and SAT scores enough?  No.  The most selective colleges are also looking for involvement outside the classroom, but what kind of extracurricular activities are they looking for?  Is community service valued more than sports?  And how important is playing a leadership role?

Read the next installment in Beth’s series, What Extracurricular Activities Do Ivy League Colleges Look For?, to find out.

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Written by Elizabeth Heaton
Elizabeth Heaton is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Before coming to College Coach, Beth worked as a senior admissions officer at University of Pennsylvania and an alumni admissions ambassador at Cornell University.