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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, Second Edition by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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19. Showing a College Some Love

For colleges that try to bring 100% science to the admissions process, it (stealth applications) is very disruptive. It adds more art to the equation.

—Jeff Rickey, dean of admissions and financial aid at Earlham College

All colleges and universities like to be loved, but some want to be courted more than others.

To increase your chances of getting into a college, and possibly receiving more money, you should determine whether a school wants to be shown a little love.

Before you can do that, however, you need to understand a term called demonstrated interest. This is higher-ed jargon that refers to a teenager’s active interest in a school. A teenager who has visited a campus, for example, has shown a demonstrated ...

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