WSJ | One Thing Parents Won’t Cut From Budgets: Extracurricular Activities

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Extracurricular activities may play a more significant role in college applications now that race can no longer be used as a factor in admissions. Recent research by Associate Professor Julie J. Park finds that inequalities in extracurricular activities impact the equity of college admissions. 

An analysis of nearly six million college applications found that wealthier students, private-school students, as well as white and Asian-American students, reported more extracurricular activities, more awards and more top-leadership positions in extracurricular organizations, she explained.

“In more afuent communities, it’s kind of the hamster wheel that people have created,”
she added. 

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