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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 360+ schools and the level of importance assigned to this increasingly-important admissions factor.

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

Table updated August 2019.

InstitutionDemonstrated Interest
Reed CollegeImportant
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteImportant
Rhodes CollegeConsidered
Rice UniversityConsidered
Ripon CollegeNot Considered
Roanoke CollegeImportant
Rochester Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Rockhurst UniversityNot Considered
Rollins CollegeConsidered
Rutgers UniversityNot Considered
Saint John's University (MN)Not Considered
Saint Joseph's UniversityConsidered
Saint Louis UniversityConsidered
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameConsidered
Saint Michael's CollegeConsidered
Samford UniversityImportant
San Diego State UniversityNot Considered
San Francisco State UniversityNot Considered
Santa Clara UniversityConsidered
Sarah Lawrence CollegeConsidered
Scripps CollegeNot Considered
Seattle UniversityImportant
Seton Hall UniversityImportant
Sewanee: University of the SouthConsidered
Siena CollegeConsidered
Simmons CollegeConsidered
Skidmore CollegeImportant
Smith CollegeNot Considered
Southern Methodist UniversityConsidered
Southwestern UniversityConsidered
Spelman CollegeConsidered
St. Edward's UniversityConsidered
St. John's College, AnnapolisImportant
St. John's College, Santa FeImportant
St. Lawrence UniversityConsidered
St. Mary's College of MarylandConsidered
St. Olaf CollegeConsidered
Stanford UniversityNot Considered
Stevens Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Stonehill CollegeConsidered
SUNY, Binghamton UniversityConsidered
SUNY, Stony Brook UniversityConsidered
SUNY, University at BuffaloNot Considered
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryVery Important
SUNY, GeneseoConsidered
SUNY, Maritime CollegeConsidered
SUNY, New PaltzConsidered
SUNY, OneontaConsidered
SUNY, OswegoConsidered
SUNY, Purchase CollegeNot Considered
SUNY, University at AlbanyConsidered
Susquehanna UniversityImportant
Swarthmore CollegeConsidered
Syracuse UniversityVery Important
Temple UniversityNot Considered
Texas A&M UniversityConsidered
Texas Christian UniversityConsidered
Texas Tech UniversityConsidered
The College of New JerseyConsidered
The College of WoosterImportant
Thomas Aquinas CollegeVery Important
Towson UniversityNot Considered
Trinity CollegeImportant
Trinity UniversityConsidered
Truman State UniversityConsidered
Tufts UniversityConsidered
Tulane UniversityConsidered
Union CollegeConsidered
United States Air Force AcademyVery Important
United States Coast Guard AcademyConsidered
United States Merchant Marine AcademyImportant
Agnes Scott CollegeConsidered
United States Military AcademyImportant
Albion CollegeNot Considered
United States Naval AcademyVery Important
Alfred UniversityConsidered
University of AlabamaNot Considered
Allegheny CollegeImportant
University of ArizonaImportant
Alma CollegeConsidered
University of California, BerkeleyNot Considered
American UniversityVery Important
University of California, DavisNot Considered
Amherst CollegeNot Considered
University of California, IrvineNot Considered
Appalachian State UniversityConsidered
University of California, Los AngelesNot Considered
Arizona State UniversityNot Considered
University of California, RiversideNot Considered
Auburn UniversityImportant
University of California, San DiegoNot Considered
Augustana College (IL)Important
University of California, Santa BarbaraNot Considered
Austin CollegeImportant
University of California, Santa CruzNot Considered
Babson CollegeConsidered
University of Central FloridaConsidered
Bard CollegeConsidered
University of ChicagoConsidered
Barnard CollegeConsidered
University of CincinnatiNot Considered
Bates CollegeImportant
University of Colorado BoulderConsidered
Baylor UniversityConsidered
University of Connecticut, StorrsConsidered
Belmont UniversityNot Considered
University of DallasConsidered
Beloit CollegeConsidered
University of DaytonImportant
Bennington CollegeNot Considered
University of DelawareConsidered
Bentley UniversityImportant
University of DenverConsidered
Berea CollegeConsidered
University of EvansvilleImportant
Berry CollegeNot Considered
University of FloridaConsidered
Birmingham Southern CollegeNot Considered
University of GeorgiaNot Considered
Boston CollegeNot Considered
University of Hawaii at ManoaNot Considered
Boston UniversityImportant
University of HoustonNot Considered
Bowdoin CollegeNot Considered
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignNot Considered
Bradley UniversityConsidered
University of IowaNot Considered
Brandeis UniversityImportant
University of KansasNot Considered
Brigham Young UniversityConsidered
University of KentuckyNot Considered
Brown UniversityNot Considered
University of LouisvilleNot Considered
Bryant UniversityConsidered
University of MaineNot Considered
Bryn Mawr CollegeNot Considered
University of Mary WashingtonConsidered
Bucknell UniversityNot Considered
University of MarylandNot Considered
Butler UniversityImportant
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNot Considered
California Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
University of Massachusetts AmherstImportant
California Poly, San Luis ObispoNot Considered
University of MiamiConsidered
Calvin CollegeConsidered
University of MichiganConsidered
Canisius CollegeConsidered
University of MinnesotaNot Considered
Carleton CollegeNot Considered
University of MississippiNot Considered
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNot Considered
University of Missouri, ColumbiaConsidered
Case Western Reserve UniversityConsidered
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNot Considered
Catholic UniversityConsidered
University of MontanaNot Considered
Centre CollegeNot Considered
University of Nebraska-LincolnNot Considered
Champlain CollegeImportant
University of New HampshireNot Considered
Chapman UniversityNot Considered
University of North Carolina at AshevilleImportant
Christopher Newport UniversityImportant
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNot Considered
Claremont McKenna CollegeNot Considered
University of North Carolina at CharlotteConsidered
Clark UniversityConsidered
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNot Considered
Clemson UniversityNot Considered
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonConsidered
Coe CollegeConsidered
University of North TexasConsidered
Colby CollegeConsidered
University of Notre DameConsidered
Colgate UniversityNot Considered
University of OklahomaConsidered
College of CharlestonConsidered
University of OregonNot Considered
College of the AtlanticConsidered
University of PennsylvaniaConsidered
College of the Holy CrossConsidered
University of PittsburghConsidered
College of the OzarksImportant
University of PortlandConsidered
College of William and MaryConsidered
University of Puget SoundConsidered
Colorado CollegeConsidered
University of RedlandsNot Considered
Colorado School of MinesConsidered
University of Rhode IslandConsidered
Colorado State UniversityNot Considered
University of RichmondConsidered
Columbia UniversityNot Considered
University of RochesterConsidered
Connecticut CollegeConsidered
University of San DiegoConsidered
Cooper UnionVery Important
University of San FranciscoNot Considered
Cornell CollegeConsidered
University of ScrantonConsidered
Cornell UniversityNot Considered
University of South CarolinaNot Considered
Creighton UniversityConsidered
University of South FloridaNot Considered
CUNY, Baruch CollegeNot Considered
University of Southern CaliforniaNot Considered
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeNot Considered
University of St. Thomas (MN)Not Considered
CUNY, City CollegeNot Considered
University of TennesseeConsidered
CUNY, Hunter CollegeNot Considered
University of Texas at AustinConsidered
Dartmouth CollegeNot Considered
University of Texas at DallasConsidered
Davidson CollegeConsidered
University of TulsaImportant
Denison UniversityImportant
University of UtahNot Considered
DePaul UniversityImportant
University of VermontConsidered
DePauw UniversityConsidered
University of VirginiaNot Considered
Dickinson CollegeVery Important
University of WashingtonNot Considered
Drake UniversityNot Considered
University of WisconsinConsidered
Drew UniversityConsidered
Ursinus CollegeConsidered
Drexel UniversityConsidered
Vanderbilt UniversityNot Considered
Duke UniversityConsidered
Vassar CollegeNot Considered
Duquesne UniversityConsidered
Villanova UniversityConsidered
Earlham CollegeNot Considered
Virginia TechConsidered
East Carolina UniversityConsidered
Wabash CollegeVery Important
Eckerd CollegeImportant
Wake Forest UniversityConsidered
Elizabethtown CollegeConsidered
Warren Wilson CollegeConsidered
Elon UniversityConsidered
Washington & Jefferson CollegeConsidered
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityNot Considered
Washington and Lee UniversityConsidered
Emerson CollegeNot Considered
Washington State UniversityNot Considered
Emory UniversityNot Considered
Washington UniversityImportant
Evergreen State CollegeImportant
Wellesley CollegeConsidered
Fairfield UniversityImportant
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Florida Atlantic UniversityConsidered
Wesleyan UniversityNot Considered
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityConsidered
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
Florida Institute of TechnologyImportant
Westmont CollegeVery Important
Florida International UniversityConsidered
Wheaton College (IL)Considered
Florida Southern CollegeImportant
Wheaton College (MA)Important
Florida State UniversityNot Considered
Whitman CollegeConsidered
Fordham UniversityConsidered
Whittier CollegeConsidered
Franklin & Marshall CollegeConsidered
Williams CollegeNot Considered
Furman UniversityConsidered
Wittenberg UniversityConsidered
George Mason UniversityConsidered
Wofford CollegeConsidered
George Washington UniversityConsidered
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteConsidered
Georgetown CollegeNot Considered
Xavier UniversityConsidered
Georgetown UniversityNot Considered
Yale UniversityNot Considered
Georgia CollegeVery Important
Yeshiva UniversityConsidered
Georgia Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Georgia State UniversityNot Considered
Gettysburg CollegeConsidered
Gonzaga UniversityConsidered
Goucher CollegeConsidered
Grinnell CollegeConsidered
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeConsidered
Hamilton CollegeConsidered
Hampshire CollegeVery Important
Harvard UniversityNot Considered
Harvey Mudd CollegeNot Considered
Haverford CollegeConsidered
Hendrix CollegeNot Considered
High Point UniversityImportant
Hiram CollegeVery Important
Hobart and William Smith CollegesConsidered
Hofstra UniversityConsidered
Hollins UniversityConsidered
Hood CollegeConsidered
Hope CollegeNot Considered
Howard UniversityConsidered
Illinois Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
Indiana UniversityNot Considered
Ithaca CollegeVery Important
James Madison UniversityNot Considered
Johns Hopkins UniversityNot Considered
Juniata CollegeConsidered
Kalamazoo CollegeConsidered
Kenyon CollegeImportant
Kettering UniversityNot Considered
Knox CollegeConsidered
Lafayette CollegeConsidered
Lake Forest CollegeConsidered
Lawrence UniversityConsidered
Lehigh UniversityImportant
Lewis & Clark CollegeConsidered
Louisiana State UniversityConsidered
Loyola Marymount UniversityNot Considered
Loyola University ChicagoImportant
Loyola University MarylandConsidered
Macalester CollegeNot Considered
Marietta CollegeConsidered
Marist CollegeConsidered
Marlboro CollegeImportant
Marquette UniversityConsidered
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
McDaniel CollegeConsidered
Messiah CollegeConsidered
Miami UniversityNot Considered
Michigan State UniversityImportant
Middlebury CollegeConsidered
Millsaps CollegeNot Considered
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNot Considered
Mississippi State UniversityNot Considered
Morehouse CollegeVery Important
Mount Holyoke CollegeConsidered
Muhlenberg CollegeConsidered
New College of FloridaImportant
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyConsidered
New York UniversityConsidered
North Carolina State UniversityNot Considered
Northeastern UniversityConsidered
Northwestern UniversityConsidered
Oberlin CollegeConsidered
Occidental CollegeConsidered
Oglethorpe UniversityImportant
Ohio State UniversityNot Considered
Ohio UniversityNot Considered
Oregon State UniversityConsidered
Penn State UniversityNot Considered
Pepperdine UniversityNot Considered
Pitzer CollegeConsidered
Pomona CollegeNot Considered
Princeton UniversityNot Considered
Providence CollegeConsidered
Purdue UniversityConsidered
Quinnipiac UniversityVery Important
Ramapo College of New JerseyConsidered
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