Honors and College Admissions

NHS, Honors for Admission, College Admissions Honors

Being in the National Honor Society is not going to help you stand out in Ivy League admissions.

In Ivy League admissions, do you think being a member of the National Honor Society is going to be a difference-maker? If you do, it’s a good thing you’re a reader of our blog because we aim to demystify the highly selective college admissions process and correct misconceptions. The fact is that being in the National Honor Society does as little for you in highly selective college admissions as tying your shoelaces with bunny ears as compared to the other more advanced shoelace tying process.

And why is it so meaningless? Because almost every student who applies for admission to Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Penn, Columbia, and Brown are members of their high school’s National Honor Society. College admissions officers at highly selective colleges look for ways to distinguish applicants. What they don’t look for are ways the applicants are all the same. That would be a waste! So don’t get so excited about being in the National Honor Society. Colleges don’t care about meaningless honors. They care about passion, intellectual curiosity, perseverance, determination, hard work, and talent.

There are other meaningless associations and honors that we’ll be discussing in future blog posts. In the meantime, what are some honors that you think might be meaningless? We’ll confirm or deny. “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” Let us know your thoughts on honors and college admissions by posting below!


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1 Comment

  • Isaac says:

    To what extent are academic(say, for math class) awards important? Would not having them be some sort of red flag to admissions officers? Would winning many of these awards be notable?

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