4 Student Clubs that Can Improve Your College Application

Demonstrated leadership skills and extracurricular participation can get you ahead in college admissions. Hundreds of thousands of students have outstanding grades and high test scores, and you may not be able to compete with that. Even if you are competitive with your test scores and grades, you want to make sure you can stand out from the pack. However, what sets an applicant apart is demonstrated success in clubs or competitions because these successes are indicia of a student’s ability to translate classroom success into the real world.

Sophomore and junior high school students still have a year or two to work their way to actively participate in student clubs and organizations that will help them develop leadership skills and improve their application in college.

Remember, though, it’s not only leadership that matters; it’s a history of demonstrated results and successes that really makes a difference. Below is a list of popular student clubs that can influence an applicant’s chances of getting into college.

1. Economics or Business Club. Not many high school students and graduates are too fond of business, economics, and financial matters. Hence, being a part of your school’s Economics Club can say a lot about your early interest in increasing your peers’ knowledge, influencing your school, and improving the community in terms of business-related matters.

Colleges look for self-starters and individuals who know early on what they are passionate about and what career path shall take in the future. It’s easy to tell when this is from parental pressure and when it’s based on genuine interest, so make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

2. Book Clubs and Discussion Groups. Book clubs or advanced discussion groups in any discipline can help students develop critical thinking and reading comprehension skills as well as build their vocabulary. These types of clubs are primarily useful in admissions as markers of students academic passion.

3. Chess Club. Joining the Chess Club and participating in chess tournaments can significantly develop students’ logical thinking capacity, decision making skills, and competitiveness, which can all be useful when they enter college. More importantly, participating and winning in nationally-recognized chess competitions can help students gain scholarships and financial rewards.

4. Math Club. Math enthusiasts are known to be analytical, systematic, and excellent decision makers. Thus, the Math Club can help you improve your logical and reasoning skills that may come in handy during college classes. Moreover, the club can help you work on your confidence and learn how to constructively discuss problems and work in a team.

Aside from the qualities that these clubs help develop and enhance in a student, club participation is a way to connect with others and make a positive impact on the school and the community. It gives you the chance to contribute as a team member or act as a leader, which colleges and universities thoroughly consider when evaluating candidates for admission.

Generally, you should be thinking about participating activities that will help you build relevant skills for your college career and your actual career thereafter.

If you need help on how to build your candidacy and improve your college application, contact the InGenius Prep college admissions experts.

About the Author


David Mainiero, Co-Founder and Director of Operations of InGenius Prep, is an experienced educator and academic and admissions counselor with over almost a decade of experience helping students unlock their potential and achieve their dreams. Having founded and run multiple and small businesses, David has a strong entrepreneurial track record.

He graduated from Dartmouth College Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors in History with a focus on Nationalism in the Near East and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Several years later, he earned a JD from Harvard Law School. To this day, he believes that the most important moments in his own education were learning with his peers during his time as a Policy Debater in high school and college.

David knows firsthand what success looks like and how to achieve it; his passion to help students discover their own passions and realize their fullest potential motivates him to travel all around the world to share his visions for educational access.