The real value of extra-curricular experience in the university application process

Despite varying perceptions about exactly how extra-curricular experiences should be used and to what extent they should be considered as part of the university application process, what our report clearly shows is that whilst having the required academic grades remains the most important factor in securing a place, universities are placing more value on broader experiences and life skills.

Extra-curricular activities not only help students to demonstrate how they could be an asset to their course or institution, getting involved in interests outside of the classroom also helps young people to prepare for life at university and on into the workplace.



Key report findings include:

  • 97% of universities and students surveyed said that it is important for prospective students to demonstrate their involvement in extra-curricular activities in their personal statement
  • 58.5% of universities think that it is more important for students to demonstrate extra-curricular experience in their applications compared with 10 years ago
  • The top three 'soft-skills' that universities are looking for are communication (64.6%), planning/organisation (46.2%) and independence (38.5%). Students perceived the most valuable 'soft-skills' to be communication (45.3%), responsibility (40.7%) and teamwork (39.3%)

We hope you find the research valuable and if you wish to discuss the findings further, or discover more about how a World Challenge expedition can help you, then please don’t hesitate to contact our Global Communications Manager Jon Dale:  [email protected]

What's the Real Value?

Extra-curricular experience remains an important part of the university admissions process.