Can an international student get into an ivy league university if they are a top student but have no extra curricular activities?

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes, though the likelihood of entering will vary depending on the institution.

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  • drip
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    6 months ago

    You don’t need to of been in a club or on a sports team. But you need more than just great grades and scores. Everyone apply to Ivy League school has that.

    They want leaders, what leadership positions have you had.

    They want students who are outstanding who have done something outstanding, something unique.

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  • MS
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    6 months ago

    It's possible. But everyone who applies to the Ivy League is a top student. So they are looking for things that will set you apart from everyone else - that might be extracurriculars, community service, leadership activities, etc. Having an excellent letters of recommendation and a great personal essay will help.

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  • 6 months ago

    Exceptional schools seek exceptional, even extraordinary, students. What are your extraordinary achievements which set you apart from all the tens of thousands of high academic achievers? It's not enough to be valedictorian of your graduating class. Practically every applicant is. And these schools only accept 5-10% of them. And what have you done, how can you demonstrate, the kind of person you truly are - your character, personality, what you care about, how you interact with others, etc? You have to demonstrate that you are an exceptional person, talented student, who can excel in an environment of stringent academic & personal standards.

    What do you have to offer? "Top student" is not enough. Number One in your graduating class at a very demanding high school/prep school is not enough. $100,000/year is not enough. What makes you stand out from the vast numbers of people who have all that - and a great deal more?

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes, it is quite possible. High recommendations and a distinctive personal essay (on top of excellent academics) would be key in your position. And, extracurricular activities don't have to be school-sanctioned or formalized; a student who has dedication to something in their lives (arts, sports, community, politics, science involvement, whatever) are just as competitive as other applicants for admission.

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  • 6 months ago

    Vary possibly. University admissions officials know that extra curricular activities are less common in other countries. They look for different things in international students- the reputation of the school they attended, their grades, and their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    • Sydney6 months agoReport

      okay thank you

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  • 6 months ago

    Probably but it’ll be tough

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