Admissions

Demonstrated Interest

Sukriti Taneja

If we go by the dictionary, the term Demonstrated Interest essentially means the degree to which someone is keen on getting themselves enrolled in a college or a school. But today, this term is widely used as a measure to sort the brighter and more intellectual students from the hoard of applications that are received. Because, let's be real, getting admission today can be a very tedious task.

Colleges and schools are locked continuously in competitions; they clash to determine which institution comes out at the top. Now, since none of these institutions plan on risking their reputation, getting their yield-rate figures to rise is the right way of staying in the competition. Moreover, enlisting students who fancy the college will not only result in better incoming classes, but these institutions will also end up speedily achieving their enrollment goals.

But regardless of how popularly accepted they are, colleges like Yale and Harvard don’t adopt such practices. And that’s because they’re aware of the fact that numerous students avidly wait for their chance to get into such top-notch institutions. 

To shed better light on the concept, we’ve prepared this short guide. Do have a look, and we’re sure that you’ll have a good understanding of the entire idea by the end of it.

What is “Yield Rate”?

We know you might have missed what ‘yield rate’ is when we mentioned it shortly before. Allow us to introduce you to it.

Yield Rate refers to the process of selecting the best out of a lot. Though this is a simple formula for dividing the number of applications enrolled with the actual number of students selected, the measure is widely favored by most colleges to secure those students who’ve prioritized their institution over others.

Now, the admission department puts the yield rate alongside another metric, which is the demonstrated interest. This measure helps them close in on those candidates who will probably enroll. When put together, the yield-rate and demonstrated interest prove to be very useful in efficiently picking out the best candidates for an enrollment cycle.

How can one demonstrate their interest? 

First, please note that if you’re interested in getting yourselves admitted into a specific school or college and if they’re considering demonstrated interest, do show them some love. It might end up being your ticket into that particular institution.

You can quickly get your hands on the common data set of the school or college you’re interested in. All it takes is a Google search to be sure if they take demonstrated interest into account. 

Now, there are numerous ways for one to demonstrate their interest:

  • A physical visit

The best way to show your interest in an institution is to visit it. Many colleges keep a track of whether or not you’ve been to their institution by keeping a check on the entrance register.

So if you can, do visit the college and go for an official tour of the place. Be sure to attend the info session as well, since you’ll learn more about the campus and the facilities that way. However, if you can attend the session and not the tour, don't hesitate to drop an email mentioning some details about your visit and how you would love to be present for an official tour. Reaching out doesn’t hurt and might end up putting the spotlight on you for having shown such enthusiasm.

  • Early application submission

Well, this point may hurt the procrastinators a bit, but numerous schools and colleges have said that they’ve been considering candidates who’ve submitted their applications beforehand. Now, this certainly doesn’t mean that the students who push the application submission to its last date don’t have a chance; it simply means that institutions tend to prioritize you if they see you making an effort not to put it off.

  • Attending the in-house events

Attending the events hosted and organized by the college or school of your choice will help you drastically. Being a helping hand at such events can bring you into the limelight. So if you put up near the institution of your choice, we highly recommend you to participate in such events.

Moreover, leaving your phone number or your email with the organizers can take you a long way since you can be called to new events, and if you get into the particular institution, you’ve already secured a head start for yourself!

  • Diversity fly-ins

Multicultural programs are an easy way to get acquainted with the students and the faculty. One can easily participate in such events by finding the list on collegegreenlight.com and getmetocollege.com. Even if you don’t get admitted into these events, just applying to them might fetch you the attention.

  • Interact with the admissions office

Getting in touch with the institution in any way will be very helpful. Be sure to leave your email with them and then keep an eye on any mails you receive. In our opinion, you should check every email that has been sent by the college, whether it’s in your trash, spam, or any other folder. Furthermore, if you enquire about your queries and are constantly in touch with the faculty, your chances of being recommended will rise to some extent.

  • “Which college” supplement

Several colleges generally ask you to explain why you’ve opted for this institution. The answer to this is usually expected in the form of an essay. Here’s a tip – in the essay, be sure to include the details from your visit and any other input that you can from having studied their website. Details about class options, professors, subjects that you are looking for, and your availability for participation in any event can be included.

In short, you can gather any information that you feel is relevant, and then put it into words in the given essay.

  • The choice of applying early

The decision to apply early is a good way of showing your demonstrated interest. This is a way in which you can show that the institution is your first preference. But opting for this method is only good if you know that your financial capacity can manage it. If you’re unsure about your financial capacity, we recommend that you go for the Early Action option (discussed in the article titled EA, ED, RD, SCEA, REA).

To wrap it up

If you're looking to get enrolled in an institution of your choice, showing your enthusiasm for it will prove to be fruitful. Being engaged and ready for any sort of requirement can help you be a part of the institution until you secure a seat for yourself.

Colleges these days are looking for students who're committed to them and can benefit them some way down the line. Proving to be an asset will surely reward you in the long run!

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