Extracurriculars are really important for kids. You’ve heard it before. Research has consistently found that participation in sports and other activities has a positive effect on kids. In fact, extracurriculars seem to have a more consistent positive impact than homework does! There’s one potential effect of extracurriculars that parents seem to be increasingly aware of: they might improve a student’s chances of being accepted into college. In a competitive post-secondary environment, anything that improves one’s application could mean the difference between admission to one’s chosen program and having to attend a second-choice school.