A College Tour Fun Fact

College Tours, Touring Colleges, Visiting Colleges
You might meet your future co-founder on a college tour (photo credit: King of Hearts).

It’s important to visit the colleges to which one intends to apply. Our nation’s most highly selective colleges measure Demonstrated Interest; they seek to admit students who they believe will actually choose to matriculate. And why? Because their yield matters to them. Who wants to admit 2,000 students only to learn that 1,950 of these students chose to attend another institution. That wouldn’t look so good, would it? In addition to improving a student’s case for admission, touring colleges can also make students better informed on the college they most wish to attend. But that’s not all. Do you know what else can happen on a college tour?

A College Tour Essentially Marks Google’s Inception

You could meet your co-founder. Did you know that Sergey Brin met Larry Page on a campus tour of Stanford University — before either of them enrolled at the school? Of course, Brin and Page would go on to co-found a little company called Google that would revolutionize, well, everything. As the story goes, Brin and Page didn’t exactly get along too well upon their initial encounters but they ended up getting along better later. And then they’d go off to change the world.

So next time you’re on a college tour, in between checking out the library stacks and seeing if students on campus are smiling or frowning, have a look at who happens to be on your tour with you. It just might be your future co-founder. And together, you just might change the world.


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  • Jefferson Bowen says:


    You wrote, “Our nation’s most highly selective colleges measure Demonstrated Interest; they seek to admit students who they believe will actually choose to matriculate.”

    According to the data I researched, listed below are some of the Ivy/Elite/Highly Selective schools do not consider Demonstrated Interest in their application evaluations.


    Which colleges did you have in mind that consider Demonstrated Interest very important?

    • Ivy Coach says:

      Hi Jefferson,

      Your comment is laughably false. The vast majority of the elite colleges you listed consider Demonstrated Interest. You don’t think Brown considers Demonstrated Interest? Then why does Brown ask applicants the essay prompt why they wish to go to Brown? You don’t think Columbia considers Demonstrated Interest? Then why does Columbia ask applicants the essay prompt why they wish to go to Columbia? Heck, they don’t just ask once. They ask twice! Yale? They ask why Yale. Dartmouth? One of the two essay prompts is why Dartmouth. Cornell? Their entire 650-word supplement is why Cornell!

      Are you starting to get the idea? Or shall we go on? It seems you fell through the trap door of believing that which a college admissions office tells you. You forgot to think logically. A significant but common mistake!

  • John Hobbs says:

    Here is the best source to check if a college considers Demonstrated Interest. Google the school name and the words “Common Data Set” and you can scroll down to find a list of factors that a particular school takes into account. Looks like none of the Ivy’s care.

    • Ivy Coach says:

      Now that’s some bad advice if we ever heard some. Of course just about every Ivy League school cares about Demonstrated Interest. Contrary to the uninformed thoughts of the previous commenter, Demonstrated Interest isn’t just a number. It’s literally how a student demonstrates their interest in a school. But be our guest — write a Why College essay and fill it with sentences that can apply to any school in America. See what happens. Hint hint: it’s highly unlikely you’ll get in.

  • John Hobbs says:

    I think we agree so let me clarify. The supplemental “Why us” essay is, of course, very important to Ivy League and other elite schools; however, it is not considered TRACKED DI which refers to activity. I asked my regional admissions officers for all the Ivy’s I applied to. Each one confirmed essays are important very important but when it comes to the classic tracked DI activities, they all said it’s not important and not part of the evaluation process.

    Tracked DI activities are much more important to less selective schools because they don’t want to accept students who really don’t want to attend and are just applying for safety . This hurts their yield, as you mentioned in the blog.

    Listed below are most of the TRACKED activities that demonstrate interest in no particular order.

    1) Interaction and inquiry card submission (or scan) at college fairs
    2) Campus visit during junior year or summer after junior year
    3) Early application
    4) Speaking with alumni or students who may share information with admission office
    5) Campus info session/tour in fall of senior year
    6) Interview with admission rep/alum
    7) Second visit to campus in senior year
    8) Overnight program
    9) Contacting your regional admission rep
    10) Meeting with faculty on campus or by phone
    11) Get on the school’s email list
    12) Open the emails you receive from a school and click on something in the email
    13) “Click deep” on the school’s website
    14) Follow the school on social media
    15) Interview if offered
    16) Apply Early Action or Early Decision
    17) Submit your application before the deadline
    18) Thank you notes and emails to those who meet
    19) Follow the waitlist instructions

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