80+ Extracurricular Activity Examples for the Common Application 2019

Learn how to write an amazing activities list using these extracurricular activity examples for the Common Application 2018. Over 80 extracurricular activity examples to browse from.  How was your college application journey? Let us know over at collegeessayguy.com

I happen to think the activities list is one of the most underutilized spaces on the college application.


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  • Art

    Created art pieces and organized school club

  • Founder, Art Honors Society

    Organized and ran meetings, set up field trips, brainstormed and created group art activities, wrote and sent newsletter to members.

First description: Who cares?

Second description: Whaaaaaaat?! Rockstar.

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Cool. But I’ll keep it short so we can get to the examples.

How to write an amazing activity in your activities list:

  1. State role and organization name in top box.

  2. Emphasize tangible, measurable impact.

  3. Use active verbs!

  4. To save space, use lists and cut extra words. No need for complete sentences.

  5. Aim for variety.

  6. Avoid extreme language.

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Below are a ton of extracurricular activities examples to give you an idea of what a great activities list description looks like.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #1

Chief Facilitator, Understanding Leadership

Developed lesson plans, lobbied local businesses for sponsorships, held marketing sessions, established partnerships to run 2-wk leadership camp.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #2

Director of Technology, Model United Nations

Supervised conference technology access; managed Model United Nations website to optimize navigation and served as a delegate

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #3

Flute - First Chair, Concert Band

500+ hrs. over 4 yrs. 8 tournaments, 22 concerts. Received Div.1 at 2016 Solo and Ensemble Contest. Attend band trips to Dallas/Corpus Christie/Austin/Orlando.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #4

Protein Modeling Team Leader, Science Olympiad

Supervised building of protein molecule model, taught peers to use 3D molecular program Jmol; placed in top ten in 2016 regional competition.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #5

Webmaster and Secretary, LEO Club

Manage club website; organize club activities with club officers; brainstorm events to increase membership and strengthen LIONS Club International.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #6

Junior World Affairs Council President, Academy of Global Studies

A 4-year research program combining a published thesis and capstone project; researched the impact of education on child marriage for girls in India.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #7

President, National Art Honor Society

Selected for outstanding ability and interest in art-- ran meetings, five gallery shows, art community service, and coordinated the field trips.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #8

Teen Volunteer at (blank) Medical Center

Interacted with patients; assisted nursing staff in providing clinical care; designed, produced & delivered holiday greeting cards to patients.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #9

Spanish Honors Society

Tutor students in Spanish and promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #10

Assoc. of Latin American Students, Exec. Officer

Organize meetings and trips to conferences and colleges, advertise cultural events, plan fundraisers, oversee delegated responsibilities of members.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #11

Co-Founder, peer tutoring program

Launched program through which students can request complimentary coaching in math/science; taught concepts in chemistry and precalculus.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #12

Concertmaster of (blank) High School Symphony Orchestra

Lead violin section in rehearsals and concerts, tune and warm up the orchestra, assist the directors in orchestra functions; Outstanding Musicianship.

Extracurricular Activity Example #13

Founder of the (blank) afterschool art program

Created an after school art program for kids in kindergarten-fifth grade, once a month, at a Title I school that does not have art supplies.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #14

President of Robotics Club

Elected as President in 10th grade. Recruited club members, organized seminars for freshmen and coordinated team preparation for various competitions.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #15

British English Olympics Preparation

8 months intensive preparation on English language proficiency and presentation skills for British English Olympics. Won ___ place out of ___ schools.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #16

Head of Media Team of MUN Club

Recruited and assigned media team members as photographers, writers, editors and marketing advisers. Developed, designed and maintained school MUN-club website.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #17

edX and Coursera Courses on Global Health Equity

I completed several college courses in Global Health Equity and Healthcare systems; pre-enrolled in Paul Farmer’s edX Course on Global Health Equity.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #18

Volunteer at the (blank) Museum

Sold souvenirs to tourists in museum gift shop, took inventory, managed sales and financial accounts, and completed all administrative tasks.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #19

Mentor at (blank) Youth Center

Responsible for helping 11-12 year olds on school work and planning activities, all while enhancing their self-esteem, social skills, and respect for others.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #20

Leader, Graffiti Removal Team

Lead a group of classmates in coordination with the city to remove graffiti, in an effort to reduce crime based on the broken window theory.  

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #21

Manager/Administrator of MusicMan Collection

Approve and update online information database on classical music and instruments for use by music enthusiasts.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #22

United Club Soccer

Premier level team, traveled out of state for tournaments, competed against nationally ranked teams, outside midfielder, State Cup Finalist 2017.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #23

(Blank) High School Varsity Soccer

Traveled across Florida to play different high schools, also organized team workouts outside of school; State Finals 2017, Voted Most Improved 2017.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #24

Intern, Eco Cloth Clothing

Wrote blog posts about women and education, photographed for website, used Photoshop to help with graphic design, assisted with social media accounts.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #25

Theater Volunteer, Non-Profit American Cinematheque

Collected tickets, mounted posters, distributed flyers, answered phone calls, assisted with organizing film forum panels, photographed events  

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #26

Hired Quartet (Play violin and cello)

Perform for professional gigs, from mayor’s banquet to Boy Scout ceremonies; often hired to play at community centers, local churches, and hotels.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #27

AYSO Girls Soccer Co-Head Coach

Organize drills, model proper soccer technique for practices, prepare line-up, coach team, send emails to parents.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #28

Graduate of Harvard U's Public Speaking Course

Obtained confident & powerful public speaking techniques, explored professional speeches, mastered improvised speech, & incorporated theatrical skills.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #29

Medical Volunteer Trips to Thailand

Networking with local health workers and ngo officials; assisted pharmacists delivering medicine to mountain tribes.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #30

Drum Kit

Played drums at community meetings for worker rights awareness. Earned 9 credits at Level 1 of QCF England credit system from Trinity College with Distinction.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #31

Co-founder of (blank) performance club

Coordinated monthly performances at community venues, opportunity for performers in theater, music, poetry, etc. to serve others through talent.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #32

Yearbook Staff Member

Traveled to photograph sporting events, worked with InDesign, mentored new staff members, helped run a summer workshop for new staff members.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #33

Graphics Editor and Editorial Writer, (blank) Newspaper

Designed graphics (backgrounds, typesets, layouts, digital drawings); wrote and proofread peer articles; updated print newspaper to digital format.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #34

Captain, Science Bowl Team

Directed morning practices, assigned role of each member, supervised team preparation for competition.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #35

Co-President of the Foreign Film Club

Select a range of international films, facilitate discussions, keep members posted about film events in Los Angeles, watched The Motorcycle Diaries, Mustang, etc.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #36

Alzheimer’s Family Services Center

Taught watercolor classes to Alzheimer’s patients; encouraged greater patient participation & creative expression to mitigate the effects of dementia.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #37

President, National Latin Honors Society

Organized weekly class meetings, sent official announcements, point of communication, first student council in school history to host non-profit fundraisers.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #38


Assigned as either 2nd or 3rd speaker for debating competitions, gave reply speech, coached club members, organised club meetings, held inter-house debates.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #39

Volunteer at (Medical Center Name)

Aided Renal and Labor and Delivery departments by monitoring front desk and organizing six years worth of backlogged medical records.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #40

Cross Country/Track Team

Top-3 Soph/Frosh runner, led boy’s soph/frosh team in meets and races, aided coaches in organizing daily workouts.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #41

Coxswain of Varsity Crew Team

Coach on water, executed drills in boat and indoor training, discussed strategies and plans with coaches, assessed strengths and weaknesses of individual rowers .

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #42

Graduate of Georgetown U. Medical Institute

Studied medical techniques (took vital signs, drew blood, analyzed human cadavers) to prepare me for a career in clinical medicine. Treated patient simulator.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #43

Lead Decorator, La Familia Club

Participated in cultural awareness events, organized community opportunities for the members, head decorator for art activities around the school.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #44

Mentor of Girl Scouts Troop #####

Mentored 10 young girls in arts and crafts; spearheaded troop exhibit representing Italy at cultural community fair; brainstormed troop activities.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #45

Brown Univ’s Online Pilot Course: Making an Impact

Selected participant in Brown University’s Leadership Institute, analyzed social change model of leadership development and applied lessons to GCLI.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #46

Chief Volunteer, Peers in Education

Developed textbooks on standardized tests and taught fundamental skills to under-resourced students in Siheung, Korea.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #47

JV and Varsity Tennis Team (4 years)

Played on both JV and Varsity team and named Captain; attended the University of Notre Dame and Pepperdine University tennis camps over the summer.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #48

Intern, (blank) Medical Center - Neurology Department

Recruited high school students for research study on relation of cerebral microbleeds and head contact sports.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #49

Model United Nations (4 years)

Debated world issues with peers in various conferences; selected and traveled to UC Berkeley and London to compete in a conference. (See Add’l info.)

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #50

Founder, Global Leadership Academy

An international nonprofit organization with 501c3 status. See additional info and short extracurricular essay for details. www.ili.net.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #51

Parish Services Board

In charge of arts funding for partner Title I school; lead the chapel talks and school wide fundraising events; chose each trimester beneficiary.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #52

Sophomore Class Council & Commissioner of Media

Brainstormed ideas for school events, produced, and edited all short films for school events for two years.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #53

Math Tutor

Dedicated one-on-one tutoring for arithmetic and geometric sequences and series, trigonometry identities analysis, and factorial and exponential combinations

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #54

Volunteer, Boys and Girls Club

Tutored students and facilitated games once a week; created and taught a summer tennis clinic for group of ten year old students.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #55

Founder & President, SAT Proficiency Club

Organize weekly meetings and lessons, coach techniques for the three parts of the test, raise money for resource costs and upcoming lessons.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #56

Co-Founder and Vice President, (Local Non-Profit Name)

Helped alleviate homelessness and develop relationships by collecting toiletries and handing them out to the homeless in (names of neighborhoods).

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #57

President of National Art Honors Society

Organized and ran meetings, set up field trips, brainstormed and created group art activities, wrote and sent newsletter to members.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #58

Academic Interviewer

Personally talked to undecided students about their plans for the future both academically and non-academically.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #59

Secretary of Teen Educational Foundation

Fundraise for our community & surrounding communities, organized City Council/Board of Education forums, & donated grants to High School clubs.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #60

Special Olympics World Games Volunteer

I worked at the information booth and gave directions, escorted athletes to venues, organized shuttles, helped athletes navigate the activity booths.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #61

Junior Volunteer, (Name of) Hospital

Lead 2 hours music therapy tri-monthly for patients, visitors, staff; assist with paperwork, patient needs, cleaning, and orienting hospital visitors.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #62

Intern at (company name)

Assembled semiconductors by applying thin film coating, used metal evaporator machine, and diced semiconductor wafers.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #63

Rotary Club of Calcutta

Set up and maintained a school for 80 children in a slum area. Provided primary education (up to grade 5), clean clothes and a midday meal. Taught English.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #64

Intern at (name of hospital here)

Used art as therapy for those with Bipolar depression/schizophrenia; set up patient art shows, taught art lessons, organized field trips for patients.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #65

Sold my art at (name of art gallery)

Staged and framed personal artwork (drawings/paintings) to be sold; advertised and consulted buyers; donated all proceeds (~$800) to school art program.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #66

Revlon Breast Cancer Walk Volunteer

For two consecutive years have distributed cups of water, encouraged runners, and checked-in participants.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #67

Varsity Cross Country

Practice Monday-Thursday 5:30am, 20 miles a week. Organize the middle school cross country meets. Qualified to go to state.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #68

Co-President & Co-Founder of Lollipops for Leukemia

Orchestrate & publicize community bake sales, lead club members, maintain accounting, and have raised $2000 for the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #69

Migrants’ Rights

Campaigned against exploitation of worker rights in Riyadh; translated and spread information regarding rights in Nepalese and provided health aid.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #70

The Donor Society

I raise funds and bring awareness to a new cause each quarter, including: homelessness, the environment, animal cruelty, and humanitarian issues.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #71

Vice President of Key Club

Led both officer and club meetings, arranged club events with community venues, planned fundraising yoga nights, encouraged activity of members.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #72

Intern at Ovarian Cancer Lab

Published journals, conducted independent project, facilitated cell maintenance, attended lab meetings, collaborated with residents, fellows, and graduate students.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #73

School Tour Guide

Toured prospective families and visitors around campus and presented information about course offerings, facilities, student life, etc.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #74

Vice President, Pajama Sisters Club

Sewed the most pajamas each semester, donated the handmade pajamas to over 50 children of Alexandria’s House, a non-profit organization.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #75

Editor of International Column, School Newspaper

Responsible for brainstorming, revising, and supervising articles by other writers for my column.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #76

Intern at Children’s Institute Otis Booth Campus

Brainstormed ideas for after school programs for teens, created surveys, presented data to supervisor.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #77

Intern at Department of Cardiovascular Disease

Organized patient diagnosis notes, sterilized tools for surgeries, assisted with x-ray analysis.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #78

Worked as assistant at Ye-In Dental Clinic

Helped with patient registration, sterilized tools for surgeries, assisted with surgical processes.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #79

Speech and Debate

Academic All-American Award, NFL Tournament Qualifier, Rupe Scholar, Stanford Invitational Semi-finalist, Harker Invitational Semi-finalist.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #80

Korean Compassion: Korean-to-English Letter Translator

Translated letters sent by supporters to impoverished children in Asian and African countries.

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ExtraCurricular Activity Example #81

Junior Researcher at Pancetti Sport Inc.

Conducted surveys to research youth interests, contributed ideas for future products.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #82

Math Tutor at Spokane Elementary School

Using card games and quizzes to simplify concepts, taught basic math skills to third graders.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #83

School Tour Guide

International Guiding Staff. I tour visitors around campus, while presenting school history, student activities, boarding life.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #84

Global Partner for International Orientation

I help new international students with registration and adjustment to the new school environment.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #85

Orchestra 1 Representative, Treasurer, Concertmaster of Orchestra Council

Assist orchestra directors, plan orchestra events, work during concerts, competitions, tours by loading/unloading trucks, setting up, cleaning up.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #86

Link Crew Leader at (blank) High School

Organize and lead a motivational freshman orientation and serve as a year-round leader, mentor, tutor, and friend to freshmen.

ExtraCurricular Activity Example #87

Student Coach of Middle School MathCounts Team

As experienced competitor, I teach strategies, select competitors, and host weekly practice sessions and math lectures.

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