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<p>RESULTS IN BRIEF</p>
<p>Majority of Colleges Consider Demonstrated Interest</p>
<p> More than half (55 percent) of colleges and universities consider demonstrated interest as a factor in the admission decision.
Small, Private Colleges Most Likely to Consider Demonstrated Interest</p>
<p> Private institutions and institutions with small enrollments are most likely to consider demonstrated interest as a factor in the admission process. An institutions selectivity and the institutions yield rate have almost no relation to whether the institution considers demonstrated interest.</p>
<p>College Wait List Statistics Not Related to Consideration of Interest</p>
<p> Analysis of colleges that maintain wait lists indicate that students are not likely to be wait-listed, accepted from the wait list, or enrolled from the wait list at a higher or lower rate at institutions based on the institutions consideration of demonstrated interest. While institutions that consider demonstrated interest maintain wait lists at a higher rate than those that do not consider demonstrated interest, there is no statistical relationship indicating that those institutions maintain a wait list because they consider demonstrated interest.
Demonstrated Interest Likely Not Determining Factor for Rejection of Applicants</p>
<p> To determine whether colleges use demonstrated interest to reject students, the importance attributed to demonstrated interest must be compared to the importance assigned to other factors in the admission process. Both before and after extensive analysis, demonstrated interest is shown to be a tip factor in the admission process. Its importanceeven among institutions that openly state consideration of interestis limited to a second-tier factor. As such, it could play a part (though not likely be the exclusive determining factor) in the decision to accept or reject students after other factors are considered, including grades, admission test scores, class rank, recommendations, and writing sample.</p>