^^^ @london203 I think you tell them just what you said in this post. Honesty is expected, after all, and you risk sounding . . . less than honest if you say something else. The school wants to factor in which applicants will matriculate if accepted, and often rewards this confirmation of interest. Knowing that you have alternatives, but find them the right fit above all others, is still the name of the game. Hopefully, the full picture of the applicant has the school finding reasons why this kid will add to the class, including those things out of your hands, like geographic diversity. Good luck -- we're in the same boat!