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As we continue our discussion on demonstrated interest, we wanted to dedicate Part Three of our multipart series to diving deeper into what colleges say about demonstrating interest. In a recent conversation with admissions officers from around the country, the consistent message shared from each college was that demonstrating interest is not just about checking off a list of things to do to make a college think you love them. Colleges can tell the difference between authentic interest and those applicants that are feigning interest. Demonstrated interest is not about “gaming the system,” but rather it is a true effort by students to learn more about a college.


The applicants that have done their due diligence in researching a college to make sure the school is a good fit for them will not have to worry about the college noticing their interest. In many cases, merely signing up for the mailing lists and opening the tracked emails is not enough. Reaching out to professors to learn more about a specific program, sitting in on a class while visiting campus, shadowing a current student, reaching out to the local admissions representatives, attending any local college fairs or information sessions, joining any online college fairs or live discussions, and interviewing when offered the opportunity will provide students with a deeper understanding of a college’s programs, strengths and values. This knowledge will ultimately show through in application essays and conversations with admissions officers.


While the interactions are tracked and sometimes assigned a point value in the admissions office, the true benefits of the applicant’s effort to learn more is invaluable. The effort to learn as much as possible about a college helps both the applicant and the college determine fit. Colleges want to make good, sound decisions for the benefit of the institution, but students should also place a high importance on making sure an institution is a match for them both socially and academically to ensure a future of comfort, happiness and success.


Students who put in the effort to research a college only to determine that a college is not a fit for them should never feel like they wasted their time. Not only did they learn more about themselves and potentially avoid ending up somewhere they would not thrive, but the steps a student takes will help boost confidence and build soft skills like interpersonal, communication and business skills that are so important in everyday life.


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Friday, June 09, 2017

College Reflection (Guest Blog)

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Summer Strategies for Rising Seniors



Sunday, July 03, 2016

Researching Colleges is Actually Fun

But you rising seniors already know that, right? That’s because you have been researching colleges for months now, because of the great advice we gave you back in February.   Read more


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Your Handy Summer Checklist

If you want to get most of the stress of the college application process out of your life by September, here’s what you’ll be doing this summer.  This is a basic checklist – watch this space for more details about each of these steps in the coming weeks.   Read more


It’s February which means many of our students are knee-deep in the college search process. It’s an exciting time as we watch our students explore different schools and imagine what life will be like as undergraduates. However, the college search process can also be overwhelming especially in the beginning. “Where do I begin,” “What should I look for in a school?” “How do I know if the school is a good fit?” are just some of the questions we are often asked. Although there isn’t a magic formula, there are steps you can take to identify schools that are right for you…  Read more

Being a parent isn’t easy ~ we begin to worry as soon as our children are born. From diaper rash and sleepless nights to teaching our kids to read, write and use indoor plumbing, our job as worrier-in-chief is never-ending. As our kids grow bigger, our concerns grow bigger too as we become aware that soon our “sweet little babies” are going to head off into the real world without us, so we want to do everything we can to help them thrive and succeed on their own.  Read more


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