Can anybody join any extracurricular activity or do I have to be accepted?

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Can anybody join any extracurricular activity or do I have to be accepted?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Can anybody join any extracurricular activity or do I have to be accepted?

It all depends on the school, but for most you have to be accepted.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Can anybody join any extracurricular activity or do I have to be accepted?

That will vary from school to school and activity to activity. Some extracurriculars simply can't accommodate large numbers. Other programs know that not everyone will be available at all times, so maintain a larger roster.

Karen Ekman-Baur
Director of College Counseling Leysin American School

Can anybody join any extracurricular activity or do I have to be accepted?

In some cases, certain skills will be a prerequisite for participating in a specific extracurricular activity - for instance, playing with an orchestra or band. This is also true of varsity teams for which students must try out and be accepted. Sororities and fraternities usually have procedures through which members must be accepted, and there may be other examples along this line, depending on the school. Most extracurricular activities, however, are open to anyone who is interested. Find out what is offered at the schools you are considering. The extracurricular activities with which you become involved will do much to increase your enjoyment of your college experience. Many schools offer students the opportunity to create new extracurricular organizations if something in which they are interested does not already exist on campus. In order to start a new organization, a student is usually required to present a petition with a certain number of signatures of other interested students. This required number is typically quite low.

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

Can anybody join any extracurricular activity or do I have to be accepted?

This all depends on what extracurricular activity you wish to join. Activist clubs that promote social causes are usually open to whoever wishes to join. Performing arts groups, whose popularity and credibility rely on their talent and skill, are usually audition-based in order to maintain the quality of their work. Sports teams are usually selective at the varsity and club level, but intramural sports allow anyone to play.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

Can anybody join any extracurricular activity or do I have to be accepted?

It depends. There are many college activities that are competitive. For example, you often have to audition to be in a dance group or perform in a play. However, some groups and activities are open to everyone (i.e., the outing club, community service groups). If there's an activity you want to join but you don't get selected, see if there's another role you can take on. Maybe you didn't get a part in the play, but you can join the tech crew or become a stage manager.