How many extracurricular activities do I need to engage in order to get into the schools in the US?
Each case is different and there is no single answer to this. Some students distinguish themselves for college admission with their academic strengths, which may include experience or achievements in study or research on top of their school coursework.
Other students appeal to admission officers with their “well-roundedness,” having contributed in many different ways to their schools or communities through different extracurricular activities. Some successful applicants are “well-lopsided” with exceptional achievements in one particular area. There are students who bring perspectives formed by unusual personal circumstances or experiences.