How many extracurriculars do you need to take to gain acceptance to an Ivy League?

Currently I compete in swimming at a regional level and take music lessons, but I have heard the threshold for extracurriculars is quite high as an international student.

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Hey there!

Extracurriculars are a super important part of the admissions process, so well done for digging a little deeper with your question. With that being said there is no specific number of extracurricular activities required to gain acceptance to an Ivy League school. Acceptance decisions are based on a variety of factors, including academic achievements, test scores, essays, recommendations, and extracurricular activities. Ivy League schools are looking for well-rounded applicants who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to their interests, as well as leadership and initiative.

It’s important to note that Ivy League schools often put more weight on depth rather than quantity of extracurricular activities. This means, having a few activities that you are deeply involved in and have achieved success in can be more impressive than a long list of activities that you have only participated in briefly.

Your current extracurricular activities in swimming and music are impressive and show a level of dedication and achievement. It’s important to continue to pursue these activities and look for opportunities to deepen your involvement and leadership roles in them. Additionally, if there are other interests or causes that you are passionate about, consider exploring those and finding ways to make a positive impact in your community. Focus on quality over quantity and demonstrate your dedication, leadership, and impact in the activities you choose to pursue.

I hope that helps :grinning:

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