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 October 2021

InstitutionDemonstrated Interest
Adelphi UniversityConsidered
Agnes Scott CollegeConsidered
Albion CollegeNot Considered
Alfred UniversityConsidered
Allegheny CollegeConsidered
American UniversityConsideredAU
Amherst CollegeNot Considered
Appalachian State UniversityConsideredApp State
Arizona State UniversityNot ConsideredASU
Assumption CollegeConsidered
Auburn UniversityConsidered
Augustana CollegeConsidered
Austin CollegeConsidered
Babson CollegeConsidered
Ball State UniversityNot Considered
Bard CollegeConsidered
Barnard CollegeConsidered
Bates CollegeConsidered
Baylor UniversityConsidered
Belmont UniversityNot Considered
Beloit CollegeConsidered
Bennington CollegeNot Considered
Bentley UniversityConsidered
Berea CollegeConsidered
Berry CollegeNot Considered
Binghamton UniversityConsidered
Birmingham Southern CollegeConsidered
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaConsidered
Boise State UniversityNot Considered
Boston CollegeNot ConsideredBC
Boston UniversityConsideredBU
Bowdoin CollegeNot Considered
Bowling Green State UniversityConsidered
Bradley UniversityConsidered
Brandeis UniversityConsidered
Brigham Young University-ProvoConsideredBYU
Brown UniversityNot Considered
Bryant UniversityConsidered
Bryn Mawr CollegeNot Considered
Bucknell UniversityConsidered
Butler UniversityConsidered
Cal Poly, PomonaNot Considered
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoNot Considered
California Institute of TechnologyNot ConsideredCaltech
California State University, FresnoNot Considered
California State University, FullertonNot Considered
California State University, Long BeachNot Considered
Canisius CollegeConsidered
Carleton CollegeNot Considered
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNot ConsideredCMU
Case Western Reserve UniversityConsidered
Catholic University of AmericaConsidered
Central Michigan UniversityConsideredCMU
Centre CollegeNot Considered
Chapman UniversityConsidered
Christopher Newport UniversityConsidered
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaConsidered
Claremont McKenna CollegeConsideredCMC
Clark UniversityConsidered
Clarkson UniversityConsidered
Clemson UniversityNot Considered
Coastal Carolina UniversityNot Considered
Colby CollegeConsidered
Colgate UniversityNot Considered
College of CharlestonConsideredCofC
College of Saint BenedictNot Considered
College of the Holy CrossConsidered
College of William and MaryConsidered
Colorado CollegeConsideredCC
Colorado School of MinesConsidered
Colorado State UniversityNot ConsideredCSU
Columbia UniversityNot Considered
Connecticut CollegeConsidered
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtConsidered
Cornell CollegeConsidered
Cornell UniversityNot Considered
Creighton UniversityConsidered
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNot Considered
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeNot Considered
CUNY City CollegeNot Considered
CUNY Hunter CollegeNot Considered
CUNY Lehman CollegeNot Considered
Dartmouth CollegeConsidered
Davidson CollegeConsidered
Denison UniversityConsidered
DePaul UniversityConsidered
DePauw UniversityConsidered
Dickinson CollegeConsidered
Drake UniversityConsidered
Drew UniversityConsidered
Drexel UniversityConsidered
Duke UniversityConsidered
Duquesne UniversityConsidered
Earlham CollegeNot Considered
East Carolina UniversityConsideredECU
Eastern Connecticut State UniversityConsidered
Eastern Kentucky UniversityNot Considered
Eckerd CollegeConsidered
Elizabethtown CollegeConsidered
Elon UniversityConsidered
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityNot ConsideredERAU
Emerson CollegeNot Considered
Emory UniversityNot Considered
Endicott CollegeConsidered
Fairfield UniversityConsidered
Fitchburg State UniversityConsidered
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityNot Considered
Florida Atlantic UniversityConsideredFAU
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityConsideredFGCU
Florida Institute of TechnologyConsideredFIT
Florida International UniversityConsideredFIU
Florida Southern CollegeConsidered
Florida State UniversityNot ConsideredFSU
Fordham UniversityConsidered
Franklin and Marshall CollegeConsideredF&M
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringConsidered
Furman UniversityConsidered
George Mason UniversityConsideredGMU
George Washington UniversityConsideredGWU; GW
Georgetown CollegeNot Considered
Georgetown UniversityNot Considered
Georgia CollegeConsidered
Georgia Institute of TechnologyConsideredGeorgia Tech
Georgia Southern UniversityNot ConsideredGSU
Georgia State UniversityNot ConsideredGSU
Gettysburg CollegeConsidered
Gonzaga UniversityConsidered
Goucher CollegeConsidered
Grinnell CollegeConsidered
Grove City CollegeConsidered
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeConsidered
Hamilton CollegeConsidered
Hampshire CollegeConsidered
Hanover CollegeConsidered
Harvard UniversityNot Considered
Harvey Mudd CollegeNot ConsideredHMC
Haverford CollegeConsidered
Hendrix CollegeNot Considered
High Point UniversityConsidered
Hillsdale CollegeConsidered
Hobart William Smith CollegesConsideredHWS
Hofstra UniversityConsidered
Hope CollegeNot Considered
Howard UniversityConsidered
Illinois Institute of TechnologyConsideredIIT
Illinois State UniversityNot Considered
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
Indiana University BloomingtonNot ConsideredIU; IUB
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisNot ConsideredIUPUI
Iowa State UniversityNot ConsideredISU
Ithaca CollegeConsidered
James Madison UniversityNot ConsideredJMU
John Carroll UniversityConsidered
Johns Hopkins UniversityNot ConsideredJHU
Juniata CollegeConsidered
Kalamazoo CollegeConsidered
Kansas State UniversityConsideredKSU; K-STATE
Kent State University at KentConsidered
Kenyon CollegeConsidered
Kettering UniversityConsidered
Knox CollegeConsidered
La Salle UniversityConsidered
Lafayette CollegeConsidered
Lake Forest CollegeConsidered
Lawrence UniversityConsidered
Lehigh UniversityConsidered
Lewis & Clark CollegeConsidered
Linfield College-McMinnville CampusConsidered
Louisiana State UniversityConsideredLSU
Loyola Marymount UniversityNot ConsideredLMU
Loyola University ChicagoConsidered
Loyola University MarylandNot Considered
Lycoming CollegeConsidered
Macalester CollegeNot Considered
Manhattan CollegeConsidered
Marist CollegeConsidered
Marquette UniversityConsidered
Marshall UniversityNot Considered
Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsConsidered
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNot ConsideredMIT
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyConsideredMMA
McDaniel CollegeConsidered
Mercer UniversityConsidered
Mercyhurst UniversityNot Considered
Merrimack CollegeConsidered
Messiah CollegeConsidered
Miami UniversityNot ConsideredMU
Michigan State UniversityConsideredMSU
Michigan Technological UniversityNot Considered
Middlebury CollegeConsidered
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaConsidered
Millsaps CollegeNot Considered
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNot Considered
Mississippi State UniversityNot ConsideredMSU
Missouri University of Science and TechnologyConsidered
Monmouth UniversityNot Considered
Montana State UniversityNot Considered
Montclair State UniversityConsidered
Moravian CollegeConsidered
Morehouse CollegeConsidered
Mount Holyoke CollegeConsideredMHC
Muhlenberg CollegeConsidered
Murray State UniversityNot Considered
New College of FloridaConsidered
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyConsideredNJIT
New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNot ConsideredNMIT
New Mexico State University-Main CampusNot Considered
New York Institute of TechnologyConsidered
New York UniversityConsideredNYU
Niagara UniversityConsidered
North Carolina State UniversityConsideredNCSU; NC STATE
North Dakota State University-Main CampusNot Considered
Northeastern UniversityConsidered
Northern Arizona UniversityNot ConsideredNAU
Northern Michigan UniversityNot Considered
Northwestern UniversityConsidered
Norwich UniversityNot Considered
Oakland UniversityNot Considered
Oberlin CollegeConsidered
Occidental CollegeConsideredOXY
Ohio State UniversityNot ConsideredOSU
Ohio UniversityNot ConsideredOU
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityConsideredOWU
Oklahoma State UniversityNot ConsideredOSU
Old Dominion UniversityConsidered
Oregon Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
Oregon State UniversityConsideredOSU
Pennsylvania State University - University ParkNot ConsideredPSU; PENN STATE
Pepperdine UniversityNot Considered
Pitzer CollegeConsidered
Pomona CollegeNot Considered
Portland State UniversityNot Considered
Presbyterian CollegeConsidered
Princeton UniversityNot Considered
Providence CollegeConsidered
Purdue UniversityConsidered
Quinnipiac UniversityConsidered
Ramapo College of New JerseyConsidered
Randolph-Macon CollegeConsidered
Reed CollegeConsidered
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteConsideredRPI
Rhode Island School of DesignNot ConsideredRISD
Rhodes CollegeConsidered
Rice UniversityConsidered
Ripon CollegeNot Considered
Roanoke CollegeConsidered
Rochester Institute of TechnologyConsideredRIT
Roger Williams UniversityConsidered
Rollins CollegeConsidered
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Rowan UniversityNot Considered
Rutgers University-CamdenConsidered
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNot ConsideredRU
Rutgers University-NewarkConsidered
Sacred Heart UniversityConsidered
Saint Anselm CollegeConsidered
Saint Johns UniversityNot ConsideredSJU
Saint Joseph's UniversityConsideredSJU
Saint Louis UniversityNot Considered
Saint Mary's CollegeConsidered
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaConsidered
Saint Michael's CollegeConsidered
Salem State UniversityNot Considered
Salisbury UniversityConsidered
Salve Regina UniversityConsidered
Sam Houston State UniversityConsidered
Samford UniversityConsidered
San Diego State UniversityNot ConsideredSDSU
San Francisco State UniversityNot ConsideredSFSU
San Jose State UniversityNot ConsideredSJSU
Santa Clara UniversityConsideredSCU
Sarah Lawrence CollegeConsidered
Scripps CollegeNot Considered
Seattle UniversityConsidered
Seton Hall UniversityConsidered
Siena CollegeConsidered
Simmons UniversityNot Considered
Skidmore CollegeConsidered
Smith CollegeNot Considered
Soka University of AmericaConsidered
Sonoma State UniversityNot Considered
South Dakota State UniversityNot Considered
Southern Connecticut State UniversityNot Considered
Southern Methodist UniversityConsideredSMU
Southwestern UniversityConsidered
Spelman CollegeConsidered
St Bonaventure UniversityConsidered
St John's University-New YorkConsidered
St Lawrence UniversityConsidered
St Olaf CollegeConsidered
St. John's College (MD)Considered
St. John's College (NM)Considered
St. Mary's College of MarylandConsidered
Stanford UniversityNot Considered
State University of New York at New PaltzConsidered
Stetson UniversityNot Considered
Stevens Institute of TechnologyConsideredStevens Tech
Stockton UniversityNot Considered
Stonehill CollegeConsidered
Stony Brook UniversityConsidered
Suffolk UniversityConsidered
SUNY at AlbanyConsidered
SUNY at FredoniaNot Considered
SUNY at Purchase CollegeNot Considered
SUNY College at BrockportConsidered
SUNY College at GeneseoConsidered
SUNY College at OswegoConsidered
SUNY College at PlattsburghConsidered
SUNY College at PotsdamConsidered
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryConsidered
SUNY CortlandConsidered
SUNY OneontaConsidered
Susquehanna UniversityConsideredSU
Swarthmore CollegeNot Considered
Syracuse UniversityConsideredSU
Temple UniversityConsidered
Tennessee Technological UniversityNot Considered
Texas A & M University-College StationConsidered
Texas Christian UniversityConsidered
Texas State UniversityNot ConsideredTCU
The College of New JerseyConsidered
The College of WoosterConsideredTCNJ
The University of MontanaNot Considered
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaNot ConsideredUTC
The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleConsideredUTK
The University of Texas at ArlingtonNot ConsideredUT Arlington
The University of Texas at AustinNot ConsideredUT Austin
The University of Texas at DallasConsideredUT Dallas
The University of the SouthConsideredSewanee
Towson UniversityNot Considered
Transylvania UniversityNot Considered
Trinity CollegeConsidered
Trinity UniversityConsidered
Truman State UniversityConsidered
Tufts UniversityConsidered
Tulane UniversityConsidered
Union CollegeConsidered
United States Air Force AcademyConsideredUSAA
United States Coast Guard AcademyConsideredUSCGA
United States Merchant Marine AcademyConsidered
United States Military AcademyConsideredUSMA
United States Naval AcademyConsideredUSNA
University at BuffaloNot Considered
University of Akron Main CampusConsidered
University of AlabamaNot Considered
University of Alabama at BirminghamNot Considered
University of ArizonaConsideredUA
University of ArkansasNot Considered
University of California, BerkeleyNot ConsideredUC Berkeley
University of California, DavisNot ConsideredUC Davis
University of California, IrvineNot ConsideredUC Irvine
University of California, Los AngelesNot ConsideredUCLA
University of California, MercedNot ConsideredUC Merced
University of California, RiversideNot ConsideredUCR; UC Riverside
University of California, San DiegoNot ConsideredUCSD; UC San Diego
University of California, Santa BarbaraNot ConsideredUCSSB; UC Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa CruzNot ConsideredUCSC; UC Santa Cruz
University of Central FloridaConsideredUCF
University of ChicagoConsideredUchicago
University of CincinnatiNot ConsideredUC
University of Colorado BoulderNot ConsideredCU Boulder
University of ConnecticutConsideredUCONN
University of DallasConsidered
University of DaytonConsidered
University of DelawareConsidered
University of DenverConsidered
University of FloridaNot ConsideredUFL
University of GeorgiaNot ConsideredUGA
University of HoustonNot ConsideredUH
University of IdahoNot Considered
University of Illinois at ChicagoConsideredUIC
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNot ConsideredUIUC
University of IowaNot Considered
University of KansasConsideredKU
University of KentuckyNot ConsideredUKY
University of Louisiana at LafayetteNot Considered
University of LouisvilleNot Considered
University of MaineNot Considered
University of Mary WashingtonConsidered
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNot ConsideredUMC
University of Maryland, College ParkNot ConsideredUMD
University of Massachusetts AmherstConsideredUMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts BostonNot ConsideredUMass Boston
University of Massachusetts LowellConsideredUMass Lowell
University of MemphisNot Considered
University of MiamiConsideredUM
University of MichiganConsideredUMich
University of Michigan-DearbornNot Considered
University of Minnesota-DuluthNot Considered
University of Minnesota-MorrisConsideredUMM
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesNot ConsideredUMN
University of MississippiNot ConsideredOle Miss
University of Missouri-ColumbiaNot ConsideredMizzou
University of Nebraska-LincolnNot ConsideredUNL
University of Nevada-Las VegasNot ConsideredUNLV
University of Nevada-RenoNot ConsideredUNR
University of New HampshireNot ConsideredUNH
University of New MexicoNot ConsideredUNM
University of North Carolina at AshevilleConsideredUNC Asheville; UNCA
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNot ConsideredUNC Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at CharlotteConsideredUNCC: UNC Charlotte
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNot ConsideredUNCG; UNC Greensboro
University of North Carolina WilmingtonConsideredUNCW; UNC Wilmington
University of North DakotaNot ConsideredUND
University of North FloridaConsideredUNF
University of North GeorgiaNot ConsideredUNG
University of North TexasConsideredUNT
University of Northern ColoradoNot ConsideredUNC
University of Northern IowaNot Considered
University of Notre DameConsideredUND
University of OklahomaConsideredOU
University of OregonNot ConsideredUO
University of PennsylvaniaNot ConsideredUPenn
University of PittsburghConsidered
University of PortlandConsidered
University of Puget SoundConsidered
University of RedlandsNot Considered
University of Rhode IslandConsideredURI
University of RichmondNot Considered
University of RochesterConsideredURI
University of San DiegoConsideredUSD
University of San FranciscoNot ConsideredUSF
University of ScrantonConsidered
University of South CarolinaNot ConsideredUSC
University of South DakotaNot ConsideredUSD
University of South FloridaNot ConsideredUSF
University of Southern CaliforniaNot ConsideredUSC
University of St ThomasNot Considered
University of TampaConsidered
University of the PacificConsidered
University of ToledoNot Considered
University of TulsaNot Considered
University of UtahNot Considered
University of VermontConsideredUVM
University of Virginia-Main CampusNot ConsideredUVA
University of WashingtonNot ConsideredUW
University of Washington-Bothell CampusNot ConsideredUW Bothell
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireConsidered
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseConsidered
University of Wisconsin-MadisonNot ConsideredUW; UW Madison
University of WyomingNot Considered
Ursinus CollegeConsidered
Valparaiso UniversityConsidered
Vanderbilt UniversityNot ConsideredVandy
Vassar CollegeNot Considered
Villanova UniversityNot Considered
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNot ConsideredVCU
Virginia Military InstituteConsideredVMI
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityNot ConsideredVirginia Tech
Wabash CollegeConsidered
Wagner CollegeConsidered
Wake Forest UniversityConsideredWFU
Warren Wilson CollegeConsidered
Washington & Jefferson CollegeConsidered
Washington and Lee UniversityConsideredWLU
Washington CollegeConsidered
Washington State UniversityNot ConsideredWSU
Washington University in St. LouisConsideredWashU
Wayne State UniversityNot Considered
Wellesley CollegeConsidered
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Wesleyan UniversityNot Considered
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
West Virginia UniversityNot ConsideredWVU
Western Carolina UniversityConsideredWCU
Western Michigan UniversityNot ConsideredWMU
Western Washington UniversityConsidered
Westmont CollegeConsidered
Wheaton College (IL)Considered
Wheaton College (MA)Considered
Whitman CollegeConsidered
Whittier CollegeConsidered
Whitworth UniversityConsidered
Wichita State UniversityNot Considered
Widener UniversityConsidered
Willamette UniversityNot Considered
Williams CollegeNot Considered
Winthrop UniversityNot Considered
Wofford CollegeConsidered
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteConsideredWPI
Xavier UniversityConsidered
Yale UniversityNot Considered
Yeshiva UniversityConsidered
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