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Extracurriculars That Count

A full application of out-of-classroom activities doesn't necessarily win admission to undergrad business programs

Undergraduate B-schools have a message for college applicants treating extracurricular activities like an all-you-can-eat buffet: Stop gorging.

In the increasingly competitive application process for business programs, extracurriculars have become essential for students to distinguish themselves from the pack of eager, over-committed applicants. Some hold down jobs, from computer repair businesses to service jobs at McDonalds. Others attend out-of-school conferences and camps, such as DECA, an international program teaching students about marketing, managing, and customer service. But when it comes to high school clubs and other outside-the-classroom activities, admission directors from top undergrad business programs agree that the key is depth, not quantity.