By now you’ve probably overheard all kinds of advice about getting in to college.
“Keep your grades up.”
“Score high on standardized tests.”
“Write a strong personal statement.”
While these are all tried and true components of the admissions process, there is another element that often times goes overlooked. It’s called demonstrated interest, and it can be a key factor in building a rapport with admissions personnel, and in some cases, can lead to you getting accepted into a university.
So just what does demonstrated interest mean? In essence, it’s an action you take to show colleges you are genuinely interested in attending their institution. How deeply a university factors demonstrated interest into admission will vary from school to school, but for those that do, it can play a considerable role.
Here are a handful of ways to demonstrate interest in a school, along with some insider advice to help you along the way.
1. Send a shout out through Zinch.
Services like Zinch work directly with colleges to help connect students to schools. Based on the information you provide on your Zinch profile, you’re matched to schools that are looking to admit students just like you.
Insider tip: Admissions personnel are actively looking for students to recruit through search services. You can log into your Zinch account and directly see which schools are excited to have you attend. If you’d like more info from a school, click the “I’m interested” button to let them know.