For Aeronautical engineering what extracurriculars can one develop that will assist you in getting into Ivy League Schools?Also what competitions are held in this field for high school students?

I am aiming for undergraduate degrees in the USA and want to develop internationally recognised extracurriculars. Currently living in Pakistan and have limited opportunities.

Asked by Amna about 2 years ago

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sourav grover

sourav grover

Business Finance | Venture Capital | IIM Calcutta

We all know that getting into an Ivy League school is not a piece of cake. You will definitely need extracurricular activities and non-academic achievements in your profile. Plus your academics should be more than better. Regarding what kind of extracurricular you need, it can be a little tricky.

For starters, gather as much as technical experience you can get. For example, participate in engineering competitions and projects. Do an internship that is very much related to the aerospace or engineering sector. I can see how getting a job or internship in aerospace can be tough. Therefore having a technical background in engineering becomes necessary here.

Some other good extracurriculars can be community involvement. For example, connections with NGOs, cultural fests, community projects etc. These experiences always prove beneficial whether it is an academic or business course.

Having said that, the competitions held in this field for high school students are diverse. You can get into some really good universities just after your high school completion. Some of the best ones are:

  • Human Exploration Rover Challenge
  • Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
  • Source America Design Challenge
  • The Clean Tech Competition
  • The High School Bridge Building Contest
  • The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)


Ivy league schools in the USA are no simple thing. Even strong candidates fail to get admitted into these universities. I would recommend getting in touch with experts here. They can assist you in every study abroad query involving scholarship and visa. Have your doubts cleared in advance. Let me know how I can help.


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