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  • Writer's pictureShelby Stewart

The Power of Demonstrated Interest

In the competitive landscape of college admissions, demonstrating interest in prospective institutions can impact your chances of acceptance. While academic rigor & grades remain the biggest factors, showcasing your enthusiasm and commitment to a particular college can set you apart from other applicants. 

Understanding Demonstrated Interest

Demonstrated interest refers to the extent to which a prospective student engages with a college outside of the formal application process. This engagement can take various forms, including visiting campus, following the college on social media, or opening their emails. Essentially, it demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in and committed to the institution. 

Why Demonstrated Interest Matters

Certain colleges use demonstrated interest to gauge an applicant's likelihood of enrolling if admitted. By actively engaging with a school, you signal your enthusiasm for its academic programs, campus culture, and community. Admissions officers are more likely to admit students who they believe will accept their offer of admission, ultimately contributing to a higher yield rate.

Moreover, demonstrating interest can also provide valuable insights into whether a college is the right fit for you. By immersing yourself in the college search process and engaging with different schools, you can gain a better understanding of their unique offerings, values, and opportunities.

How to Take Advantage of Demonstrated Interest

Visit Campuses: Whenever possible, schedule in person or virtual campus visits to tour facilities, attend information sessions, and meet with admissions staff. This firsthand experience allows you to envision yourself as a member of the community and demonstrates your commitment to exploring the institution.

Attend Events: Attend college fairs, local information sessions, and other events hosted by colleges both in-person and virtually. These events provide opportunities to learn more about the school and interact with admissions representatives.

Write Compelling Essays: Tailor your college essays to reflect your genuine interest in and alignment with the institution's values, mission, and academic offerings. Highlight specific programs, faculty members, or campus initiatives that resonate with your goals and aspirations.

Express Continued Interest: After submitting your application, continue to engage with the college by opening their emails and clicking on links in their emails. This demonstrates your ongoing interest and reinforces your commitment to the institution.

Follow Up: If you've been waitlisted or deferred, use this opportunity to reaffirm your interest in the college. Send updates on your academic or extracurricular achievements, express gratitude for the opportunity to be considered further, and reiterate your commitment to enrolling if admitted.

Remember, authenticity is key—focus on finding colleges that genuinely align with your interests, values, and aspirations, and let your enthusiasm shine through in your interactions and application materials.

Orbit College Counseling is here to help you understand which of your colleges track  demonstrated interest and leverage that opportunity. Schedule a complimentary consultation today to learn more. 


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