In their unenviable task of sorting out the best from the best, America’s selective schools and colleges are challenged to find special reasons to admit one over another fine candidate. With grade inflation and most writers’ tendency to avoid lawsuits, every applicant seems to be nearly flawless. How can so many kids really have 4.5 gradepoint averages on a 4.0 scale? Is this just another manifestation of a society in which everyone is a winner?
To assist admissions officers and committees searching for that “special” applicant, a recently minted term has begun to play an important role. “Demonstrated interest” is a measure of an applicant’s affection for our school, in particular, as opposed to a somewhat more generalized interest in getting into any good school. What sincere and tangible linkages has the applicant made to our English Department, for example, or to our IT guru? Genuine interest, not drummed up questions or faked enthusiasms put to paper or email as a means of getting an earlier file entry date.
The key to demonstrated interest is in the determination of a strong, positive match between a student’s strengths and goals and those of the institution he or she aspires to attend. If the candidate has been able to show genuine affinity with a specific school through relevant actions, demonstrated interest will have been confirmed. If not, perhaps the match is not meant to be.
Carter P. Reese
Director, Informed Educational Solutions
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