Many students apply to multiple colleges, so they have options to compare academic and financial fit as part of the final college choice. On the flip side, this typically increases the number of applicants each college receives. A larger applicant pool allows the institution to build a diverse, well-rounded class and enroll students from a wide range of backgrounds. How do colleges decide which students to admit when they have more qualified applications than they have space for? One factor can be demonstrated interest.
I spoke with Jason Laperriere, Associate Director at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, to learn more about the various ways students can demonstrate a genuine interest in attending their top choice institution—even during a pandemic.
Watch the conversation to learn about opportunities such as:
- Attending on campus (or virtual) college visits
- Engaging with the college on social media
- Taking part in an interview (and doing some research ahead of time)
- Asking questions during the admissions process
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