Does demonstrated interest help??

<p>Ok, so I've been reading on these random ivy prep websites that many elite private colleges take into account the level of interest that the applicant has demonstrated in that college. They keep track of thinks like number of visits, summer programs participated in, and also the number of email contacts made with the admissions officer....the counselors say that if you keep your regional admissions officer constantly updated about your achievements etc, that will demonstrate that you have a keen interest in that college, and will work to your favor in getting admitted....what do you guys think?</p>

<p>Does it help to have this sort of connection with the person who will read your app? Will the fact that the admissions officer knows you by name and face make the slightest bit of difference?</p>

<p>It can't hurt if the person reading your app knows you, but it should be in a good light.</p>