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The Importance of Demonstrated Interest & How to Show It

6 min readaugust 23, 2021


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What is demonstrated interest?

Demonstrated interest is a way of showing admissions that you interested in attending their universities. Colleges want to admit students who showcase eagerness to attend.
There is also another factor. Colleges have a yield rate (# students who enroll / # students who are admitted). The higher the yield rate, the more selective the college, which also means they have a lower acceptance rate (since they rely on high yield rate to fill seats for that year).

How show demonstrated interest

  1. Open the mails that these universities send you (some colleges track whether or not you read their emails)
  2. Join the mailing list to learn more about this college
  3. Do the optional interview
  4. Visit the campus
  5. Attend admissions event
  6. Email admission officer
  7. Connect on social media
  8. Write an amazing "Why This College" essay
This year, due to COVID-19, it will be difficult to visit a campus, but attend virtual webinars to learn more information about the college.
Also, besides showing interest to a particular college, it is also a great way to learn about a college and see if it is the right fit for you!


How Important is Demonstrated Interest?

The importance of demonstrated interest depends on the college. Below are lists of colleges where demonstrated interest is considered, important, very important, or not considered at all.

Colleges that consider demonstrated interest

Agnes Scott College
Alfred College
Alma College
Appalachian State University
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Baylor University
Beloit College
Berea College
Bradley University
Brigham Young University
Bryant University
Calvin College
Canisius College
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University
Clark University
Coe College
Colby College
College of Charleston
College of the Atlantic
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Connecticut College
Cornell College
Creighton University
Davidson College
DePauw University
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Elizabethtown College
Elon University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida International University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamilton College
Haverford College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Hollins University
Hood College
Howard University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Wesleyan University
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Knox College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lewis and Clark College
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Maryland
Marietta College
Marist College
Marquette University
McDaniel College
Messiah College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pitzer College
Providence College
Purdue University
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rollins College
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame
Saint Michael's College
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Sewanee: University of the South
Siena College
Simmons College
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
St. Edward's University
St. Lawrence University
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Olaf College
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
SUNY, Binghamton University
SUNY, Stony Brook University
SUNY, Geneseo
SUNY, Maritime College
SUNY, New Paltz
SUNY, Oneonta
SUNY, Oswego
SUNY, University at Albany
Swarthmore College
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
The College of New Jersey
Trinity University
Truman State University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut, Storrs
University of Dallas
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Mary Washington
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of North Texas
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of Scranton
University of Tennessee
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin
Ursinus College
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Washington & Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wheaton College (IL)
Whitman College
Whittier College
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Yeshiva University

Colleges where demonstrated interest is important

Allegheny College
Auburn University
Augustana College (IL)
Austin College
Bates College
Bentley University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Butler University
Champlain College
Christopher Newport University
College of the Ozarks
Denison University
DePaul University
Eckerd College
Evergreen State College
Fairfield University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
High Point University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Loyola University Chicago
Marlboro College
Michigan State University
New College of Florida
Oglethorpe University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Roanoke College
Samford University
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Skidmore College
St. John's College, Annapolis
St. John's College, Santa Fe
Susquehanna University
The College of Wooster
Trinity College
United States Merchant Marine Academy
United States Military Academy
University of Arizona
University of Dayton
University of Evansville
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of Tulsa
Washington University
Wheaton College (MA)

Data from College Transitions

Colleges where demonstrated interest is very important

American University
Cooper Union
Dickinson College
Georgia College
Hampshire College
Hiram College
Ithaca College
Morehouse College
Quinnipiac University
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse University
Thomas Aquinas College
United States Air Force Academy
United States Naval Academy
Wabash College
Westmont College

Data from College Transitions

Colleges that do not consider demonstrated interest

Albion College
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Belmont University
Bennington College
Berry College
Birmingham Southern College
Boston College
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
California Institute of Technology
California Poly, San Luis Obispo
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Centre College
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Colgate University
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
CUNY, Baruch College
CUNY, Brooklyn College
CUNY, City College
CUNY, Hunter College
Dartmouth College
Drake University
Earlham College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
Emory University
Florida State University
Georgetown College
Georgetown University
Georgia State University
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Hendrix College
Hope College
Indiana University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kettering University
Loyola Marymount University
Macalester College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University
Millsaps College
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Penn State University
Pepperdine University
Pomona College
Princeton University
Ripon College
Rockhurst University
Rutgers University
Saint John's University (MN)
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Scripps College
Smith College
Stanford University
SUNY, University at Buffalo
SUNY, Purchase College
Temple University
Towson University
University of Alabama
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
University of California, Davis (UCD)
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California, Riverside (UCR)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
University of Cincinnati
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Houston
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Montana
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Oregon
University of Redlands
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of St. Thomas (MN)
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Washington State University
Wesleyan University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Williams College
Yale University

Data from College Transitions


Demonstrated interest is just one think colleges look for. Find out what else colleges look for in a student. Good luck on your college applications!
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