How do you become a competitive grad school applicant?
To be a competitive grad school applicant you’ll need to maintain an above-average GPA. At the very least, you should strive to maintain a 3.0 at the undergraduate level, though some programs may require a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Do grad schools care about internships?
Admission committees are looking for post-school experiences that prove dedication to the field, such as internships, volunteer work, international travel, research, conference presentations, or a job in a related industry, if not the industry itself.
Do graduate schools look at extracurricular activities?
Graduate schools generally do not care about extracurricular activities whatsoever unless they’re directly related to the field you want to study — often there’s not even a place to write about extracurriculars on the application. Graduate school admissions are not usually as numbers-based as undergraduate admissions.
Are extracurriculars necessary?
Your extracurricular activities show colleges aspects of your personality that your grades and test scores can’t. Though admissions officers can also get to know about your “intangible” qualities through your essays and letters of recommendation, extracurriculars are important because they show that you walk the walk.
Do UC’s check extracurriculars?
Applicants are asked to provide documentation to verify one item from academic history, honors and awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and community service, special program participation, employment, or information contained in the personal insight responses.