Demonstrating Interest Without Spending A Lot
You’ve identified your dream school(s) and you have a strong list of other colleges to apply to. Your numbers (GPA, standardized test scores) are where they need to be. You’re working on an essay that’s going to show your admission officer (AO) who you are and how you’ll fit into her school.
But have you shown them the love?
At a significant number of schools, demonstrating interest matters in the admission process—if you don’t show the AO that you are very interested in their school, they won’t show their interest in you (in the form of an acceptance letter).