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Colleges that Consider Demonstrated Interest

The majority of colleges in the United States are struggling to meet their enrollment goals each year.

Therefore, it is highly beneficial for institutions to be able make the most educated guess possible regarding how many admitted applicants will actually enroll in their freshman class—the number of students who enroll divided by the number who were accepted equals a college’s yield rate—a metric that is of great concern to admissions offices. The measure that admissions officers use to hone in on candidates who are likely to enroll is something called demonstrated interest. Ways for applicants to demonstrate interest include: physically visiting campus, emailing an admission officer, attending an admissions event in your area, connecting with the university on social media, and writing an exceptionally detailed “Why this College?” essay. College Transitions is happy to provide a list of 300+ schools and the level of importance assigned to this increasingly-important admissions factor.

*Data collected from Common Data Set (CDS) forms.

Table updated October 2023

InstitutionDemonstrated Interest
138600Agnes Scott CollegeConsidered
210669Allegheny CollegeImportant
131159American UniversityVery ImportantAU
164465Amherst CollegeNot Considered
197869Appalachian State UniversityImportantApp State
104151Arizona State UniversityNot ConsideredASU
100858Auburn UniversityNot Considered
164580Babson CollegeConsidered
189088Bard CollegeConsidered
189097Barnard CollegeConsidered
160977Bates CollegeImportant
223232Baylor UniversityConsidered
238333Beloit CollegeConsidered
230816Bennington CollegeNot Considered
164739Bentley UniversityImportant
156295Berea CollegeConsidered
164748Berklee College of MusicConsidered
196079Binghamton UniversityNot Considered
142115Boise State UniversityNot Considered
164924Boston CollegeNot ConsideredBC
164988Boston UniversityConsideredBU
161004Bowdoin CollegeConsidered
165015Brandeis UniversityConsidered
230038Brigham Young University-ProvoVery ImportantBYU
217156Brown UniversityNot Considered
217165Bryant UniversityConsidered
211273Bryn Mawr CollegeNot Considered
211291Bucknell UniversityConsidered
150163Butler UniversityConsidered
110404California Institute of TechnologyNot ConsideredCaltech
111081California Institute of the ArtsConsidered
110422California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoNot ConsideredCal Poly
110529California State Polytechnic University-PomonaNot Considered
110556California State University-FresnoNot Considered
110565California State University-FullertonNot Considered
110583California State University-Long BeachNot Considered
110592California State University-Los AngelesNot Considered
173258Carleton CollegeNot Considered
211440Carnegie Mellon UniversityNot ConsideredCMU
201645Case Western Reserve UniversityConsidered
131283Catholic University of AmericaConsidered
156408Centre CollegeConsidered
230852Champlain CollegeImportant
111948Chapman UniversityConsidered
112260Claremont McKenna CollegeNot ConsideredCMC
165334Clark UniversityConsidered
190044Clarkson UniversityConsidered
217882Clemson UniversityNot Considered
161086Colby CollegeConsidered
190099Colgate UniversityNot Considered
217819College of CharlestonConsidered
160959College of the AtlanticConsidered
166124College of the Holy CrossConsidered
231624College of William and MaryConsideredW&M
126678Colorado CollegeConsideredCC
126775Colorado School of MinesConsidered
126818Colorado State UniversityNot ConsideredCSU
190150Columbia University in the City of New YorkNot Considered
128902Connecticut CollegeConsidered
190372Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtConsidered
153162Cornell CollegeConsidered
190415Cornell UniversityNot Considered
181002Creighton UniversityConsidered
190512CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNot Considered
190594CUNY Hunter CollegeNot Considered
182670Dartmouth CollegeConsidered
198385Davidson CollegeNot Reported
202523Denison UniversityConsidered
144740DePaul UniversityImportant
150400DePauw UniversityConsidered
212009Dickinson CollegeVery Important
153269Drake UniversityConsidered
184348Drew UniversityConsidered
212054Drexel UniversityConsidered
198419Duke UniversityConsidered
212106Duquesne UniversityConsidered
150455Earlham CollegeNot Considered
198464East Carolina UniversityConsideredECU
133492Eckerd CollegeImportant
212197Elizabethtown CollegeConsidered
198516Elon UniversityConsidered
133553Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityNot Considered
165662Emerson CollegeNot Considered
165671Emmanuel CollegeConsidered
139658Emory UniversityNot Considered
129242Fairfield UniversityImportant
191126Fashion Institute of TechnologyNot ConsideredFIT
133669Florida Atlantic UniversityConsideredFAU
133881Florida Institute of TechnologyImportant
133951Florida International UniversityConsideredFIU
134079Florida Southern CollegeImportant
134097Florida State UniversityNot ConsideredFSU
191241Fordham UniversityConsidered
212577Franklin and Marshall CollegeConsideredF&M
441982Franklin W Olin College of EngineeringVery Important
218070Furman UniversityConsidered
232186George Mason UniversityNot ConsideredGMU
131469George Washington UniversityConsideredGWU
131496Georgetown UniversityNot Considered
139861Georgia College & State UniversityVery Important
139755Georgia Institute of TechnologyNot ConsideredGeorgia Tech
139940Georgia State UniversityNot Considered
212674Gettysburg CollegeConsidered
235316Gonzaga UniversityConsidered
162654Goucher CollegeConsidered
153384Grinnell CollegeConsidered
212805Grove City CollegeVery Important
173647Gustavus Adolphus CollegeConsidered
191515Hamilton CollegeConsidered
166018Hampshire CollegeConsidered
150756Hanover CollegeConsidered
166027Harvard UniversityNot Considered
115409Harvey Mudd CollegeNot ConsideredHMC
212911Haverford CollegeConsidered
107080Hendrix CollegeNot Considered
170286Hillsdale CollegeImportant
191630Hobart William Smith CollegesConsidered
191649Hofstra UniversityConsidered
170301Hope CollegeNot Considered
131520Howard UniversityConsideredHU
145725Illinois Institute of TechnologyConsideredIIT
145646Illinois Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
151351Indiana University-BloomingtonNot ConsideredIUB
153603Iowa State UniversityNot Considered
191968Ithaca CollegeVery Important
232423James Madison UniversityNot ConsideredJMU
162928Johns Hopkins UniversityNot ConsideredJHU
213251Juniata CollegeNot Considered
170532Kalamazoo CollegeConsidered
155399Kansas State UniversityNot Considered
203535Kenyon CollegeImportant
169983Kettering UniversityConsidered
146427Knox CollegeConsidered
213385Lafayette CollegeConsidered
146481Lake Forest CollegeConsidered
239017Lawrence UniversityConsidered
192323Le Moyne CollegeConsidered
213543Lehigh UniversityImportant
209056Lewis & Clark CollegeConsidered
159391Louisiana State UniversityConsideredLSU
117946Loyola Marymount UniversityNot ConsideredLMU
146719Loyola University ChicagoConsideredLUC
163046Loyola University MarylandNot Considered
173902Macalester CollegeNot Considered
161299Maine Maritime AcademyImportant
192819Marist CollegeConsidered
239105Marquette UniversityConsidered
166683Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNot ConsideredMIT
140447Mercer UniversityVery Important
204024Miami University-OxfordNot Considered
171100Michigan State UniversityImportantMSU
171128Michigan Technological UniversityNot Considered
230959Middlebury CollegeConsidered
239318Milwaukee School of EngineeringNot ConsideredMSOE
176080Mississippi State UniversityNot Considered
178411Missouri University of Science and TechnologyConsideredMUST
180461Montana State UniversityNot Considered
140553Morehouse CollegeVery Important
166939Mount Holyoke CollegeConsideredMHC
214175Muhlenberg CollegeConsidered
262129New College of FloridaConsidered
185828New Jersey Institute of TechnologyConsideredNJIT
187967New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNot ConsideredNMIT
193900New York UniversityConsideredNYU
199193North Carolina State UniversityConsideredNC State
167358Northeastern UniversityConsidered
147767Northwestern UniversityConsidered
204501Oberlin CollegeConsidered
120254Occidental CollegeImportantOxy
204796Ohio State UniversityNot ConsideredOSU
204857Ohio UniversityNot ConsideredOU
204909Ohio Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
209542Oregon State UniversityConsideredOSU
214777Pennsylvania State UniversityNot ConsideredPSU; Penn State
121150Pepperdine UniversityNot Considered
121257Pitzer CollegeConsidered
121345Pomona CollegeNot Considered
194578Pratt Institute-MainVery Important
186131Princeton UniversityNot Considered
217402Providence CollegeConsidered
243780Purdue University-Main CampusConsidered
130226Quinnipiac UniversityImportant
186201Ramapo College of New JerseyConsidered
209922Reed CollegeConsidered
194824Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteConsideredRPI
217493Rhode Island School of DesignNot ConsideredRISD
221351Rhodes CollegeConsidered
227757Rice UniversityConsidered
195003Rochester Institute of TechnologyImportantRIT
136950Rollins CollegeConsidered
152318Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyConsideredRHIT
184782Rowan UniversityNot Considered
186371Rutgers University-CamdenImportant
186380Rutgers University-New BrunswickNot ConsideredRU
186399Rutgers University-NewarkConsidered
183239Saint Anselm CollegeConsidered
179159Saint Louis UniversityNot ConsideredSLU
231059Saint Michael's CollegeConsidered
122409San Diego State UniversityNot ConsideredSDSU
122755San Jose State UniversityNot ConsideredSJSU
122931Santa Clara UniversityConsideredSCU
195304Sarah Lawrence CollegeConsideredSLC
123165Scripps CollegeNot Considered
236595Seattle UniversityImportant
195474Siena CollegeConsidered
167783Simmons UniversityNot Considered
195526Skidmore CollegeImportant
167835Smith CollegeNot Considered
399911Soka University of AmericaImportant
228246Southern Methodist UniversityConsideredSMU
228343Southwestern UniversityConsidered
195216St Lawrence UniversityNot ConsideredSLU
174844St Olaf CollegeImportant
163976St. John's CollegeImportant
245652St. John's CollegeImportant
163912St. Mary's College of MarylandImportant
243744Stanford UniversityNot Considered
196176State University of New York at New PaltzConsidered
137546Stetson UniversityNot Considered
186867Stevens Institute of TechnologyConsidered
167996Stonehill CollegeConsidered
196097Stony Brook UniversityConsidered
196219SUNY at Purchase CollegeNot Considered
196167SUNY College at GeneseoImportant
196103SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryVery Important
216287Swarthmore CollegeNot Considered
196413Syracuse UniversityVery Important
216339Temple UniversityConsidered
228723Texas A & M University-College StationConsidered
228875Texas Christian UniversityConsideredTCU
229115Texas Tech UniversityConsidered
187134The College of New JerseyImportantTCNJ
206589The College of WoosterImportant
193654The New SchoolConsidered
100751The University of AlabamaNot Considered
180489The University of MontanaNot Considered
137847The University of TampaConsidered
221759The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleNot ConsideredUTK
228778The University of Texas at AustinNot ConsideredUT Austin
228787The University of Texas at DallasConsideredUTD; UT Dallas
221519The University of the SouthConsidered
124292Thomas Aquinas CollegeVery Important
216366Thomas Jefferson UniversityNot Reported
164076Towson UniversityNot Considered
130590Trinity CollegeImportant
229267Trinity UniversityConsidered
178615Truman State UniversityConsidered
168148Tufts UniversityConsidered
160755Tulane University of LouisianaImportant
196866Union CollegeConsidered
128328United States Air Force AcademyVery ImportantUSAFA
130624United States Coast Guard AcademyConsideredUSCGA
197027United States Merchant Marine AcademyImportant
197036United States Military AcademyImportantUSMA
164155United States Naval AcademyVery Important
196088University at BuffaloNot Considered
100663University of Alabama at BirminghamNot ConsideredUAB
104179University of ArizonaImportantUA
106397University of ArkansasNot Considered
110635University of California-BerkeleyNot ConsideredUCB: UC Berkeley
110644University of California-DavisNot ConsideredUCD; UC Davis
110653University of California-IrvineNot ConsideredUCI; UC Irvine
110662University of California-Los AngelesNot ConsideredUCLA
445188University of California-MercedNot ConsideredUC Merced
110671University of California-RiversideNot ConsideredUCR; UC Riverside
110680University of California-San DiegoNot ConsideredUCSD; UC San Diego
110705University of California-Santa BarbaraNot ConsideredUCSB; UC Santa Barbara
110714University of California-Santa CruzNot ConsideredUCSC; UC Santa Cruz
132903University of Central FloridaConsideredUCF
144050University of ChicagoNot ConsideredUChicago
201885University of Cincinnati-Main CampusNot Considered
126614University of Colorado BoulderNot Considered
129020University of ConnecticutNot ConsideredUConn
224323University of DallasConsidered
130943University of DelawareConsideredUD
127060University of DenverConsideredUD
134130University of FloridaNot ConsideredUF
139959University of GeorgiaNot ConsideredUGA
225511University of HoustonNot Considered
142285University of IdahoNot Considered
145600University of Illinois at ChicagoNot ConsideredUIC
145637University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNot ConsideredUIUC
153658University of IowaNot Considered
155317University of KansasNot ConsideredKU
157085University of KentuckyNot ConsideredUK
157289University of LouisvilleNot Considered
161253University of MaineNot Considered
232681University of Mary WashingtonConsidered
163268University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyNot ConsideredUMBC
163286University of Maryland-College ParkNot ConsideredUMD
166629University of Massachusetts-AmherstConsideredUMass Amherst
166638University of Massachusetts-BostonNot ConsideredUMass Boston
166513University of Massachusetts-LowellConsideredUMass Lowell
135726University of MiamiConsideredUM
170976University of MichiganConsideredUMich
174233University of Minnesota-DuluthNot Considered
174251University of Minnesota-MorrisConsidered
174066University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesNot ConsideredUMN
176017University of MississippiNot ConsideredOle Miss
178396University of Missouri-ColumbiaNot ConsideredMizzou
181464University of Nebraska-LincolnNot ConsideredUNL
182281University of Nevada-Las VegasNot ConsideredUNLV
182290University of Nevada-RenoNot ConsideredUNR
183044University of New HampshireNot ConsideredUNH
199111University of North Carolina at AshevilleConsideredUNC Asheville
199120University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNot ConsideredUNC Chapel Hill
199139University of North Carolina at CharlotteConsideredUNCC; UNC Charlotte
199148University of North Carolina at GreensboroNot ConsideredUNCG; UNC Greensboro
199218University of North Carolina WilmingtonConsideredUNC Wilmington
152080University of Notre DameConsideredUND
207500University of OklahomaConsideredOU
209551University of OregonNot Considered
215062University of PennsylvaniaNot ConsideredUPenn
215293University of PittsburghImportant
209825University of PortlandConsidered
236328University of Puget SoundConsidered
121691University of RedlandsConsidered
217484University of Rhode IslandConsideredURI
233374University of RichmondNot Considered
195030University of RochesterImportant
122436University of San DiegoConsideredUSD
122612University of San FranciscoConsideredUSF
215929University of ScrantonConsidered
218663University of South CarolinaNot ConsideredUSC
137351University of South FloridaNot ConsideredUSF
123961University of Southern CaliforniaNot ConsideredUSC
174914University of St ThomasNot Considered
231174University of VermontConsideredUVM
234076University of VirginiaNot ConsideredUVA
377555University of Washington-Bothell CampusImportant
236948University of Washington-SeattleNot ConsideredUW
240444University of Wisconsin-MadisonNot ConsideredUW-Madison
216524Ursinus CollegeConsidered
221999Vanderbilt UniversityNot ConsideredVandy
197133Vassar CollegeNot Considered
216597Villanova UniversityNot Considered
234030Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNot ConsideredVCU
233921Virginia TechNot ConsideredVirginia Tech
152673Wabash CollegeVery Important
199847Wake Forest UniversityConsidered
234207Washington and Lee UniversityConsideredW&L; WLU
164216Washington CollegeVery Important
236939Washington State UniversityNot ConsideredWSU
179867Washington University in St LouisNot ConsideredWashU
168218Wellesley CollegeConsidered
168227Wentworth Institute of TechnologyConsidered
130697Wesleyan UniversityNot Considered
216764West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
238032West Virginia UniversityNot ConsideredWVU
125727Westmont CollegeConsidered
149781Wheaton College (IL)Considered
168281Wheaton College (MA)Important
237057Whitman CollegeConsidered
125763Whittier CollegeVery Important
210401Willamette UniversityNot Considered
168342Williams CollegeNot Considered
218973Wofford CollegeConsidered
168421Worcester Polytechnic InstituteConsideredWPI
130794Yale UniversityNot Considered
197708Yeshiva UniversityConsideredYU

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