Extracurricular Activities For College Application

Extracurricular activities provide a glimpse into what kind of person you are and what kind of characteristics you hold important. In this article, we break down the 4 tiers of extracurricular activities for you. For an in depth knowledge, read the entire article.

Updated by Aparna A on 22nd September 2020

Extracurricular activities talks for yourself and your individuality. Statistics say that 25% of your admission decision in any educational institution depends on your after-school activities. They not only help you add value to application forms you submit at college but also showcase you as a person with a unique quality. 

Along with academic excellence and interpersonal skills, extracurricular activities hold an important place while deciding if you are the right fit for a college. 

By narrowing your options you get to explore your interests in fields like music, sports, science presentation that can help you pursue your dreams in a specific career. Managing these skills and learning your academic subjects helps in determining the multitasking abilities that can save a seat at the college you wish to study in. So it is important to understand how to build a strong extracurricular profile.

So are these extracurricular activities divided into different levels? Does each activity hold more importance than the other? And how much value do they add to your studies? 

Not every extracurricular activity you treat as a hobby can be considered eligible in a tier. The series of extracurricular activities is divided into 4 levels or tiers. 

This article gives you a chronological order of tiers and the extracurricular activity included in each. 

Extracurricular activities that include in Tier 1 

To have great achievements at a small age is unlikely. Tier 1 is given the utmost importance, as it is challenging to be included in this level. 

 For example : 

  • Having a chance to present your project at a famous Astrobiological institution to help in studies of the universe

  • Playing and winning for your country in a national tournament is considered a tier 1 achievement

  • Being a part of programs at the MITES, to exchange your knowledge in the field of science can help you add high credit to your extracurricular activity profile 

Extracurricular activities that include in Tier 2

More students are eligible to fall in this category as it can be considered less challenging compared to Tier 1. 

These activities talk about your achievements or accomplishments in your field of expertise helping you stand out from the crowd. 

Your participation in these activities determines your enthusiasm, passion, and, leadership qualities. 

  • Participating at schools in the field of sports or science and being able to represent your state and winning a state-level championship can help you be eligible for Tier II activity. Example: Science Olympiad

  • Being a president at your college can tell a lot about your personality and the leadership qualities you hold and how well you can multi-task and work under pressure

  • Your active participation or being a captain for the basketball team at the regional level game displays qualities like your adaptability, cooperation, team player, public speaking

Extracurricular activities that include in Tier 3

Tier 3 activities are common yet important. These activities not only highlight your leadership skills but also shows the importance of strong ethics and basic communication skills.

  • An administrator or secretary in the science department of your school club is considered to be a part of tier 3 extracurricular activity. This role can qualify you as a person who can adhere to the rules and regulations

  • As simple as participating in a quiz competition representing your school. Or playing a high school sport

  • If you had a hobby that you practiced regularly and you are good enough to win awards and honors

 The list above concludes for Tier 3 activities. 

Extracurricular activities that include in Tier 4 

It was a very simple task to find yourself in this category as it does not require you to be in a leadership position. Just being a team player with not much responsibility can land you in the tier 4 category. 

  • Volunteering for an NGO is a Tier IV activity. Although, you must spend a large amount of time helping the needy and performing a task that you are required to

  • Going after and practicing a sport or instrument you like for many years and won a few awards

  • Lastly, you can just hold a membership in a school or college club, you fall under tier 4

Sometimes traveling, networking, taking internships can also be added as extra-curricular activities that hold high value. Your active participation in extra-curricular activities can help add more credibility to your application form.