A highly selective admissions process is partially about the applicants and partially about the institution. We care if your application contains merit in the many ways “merit” is defined, but we also care if you’re a fit on our campus specifically, and if you are excited about joining our community. That’s why demonstrated interest matters (at Tufts and at many other universities).
Often when you hear about demonstrated interest, things like campus visits and attending admissions events get the most hype. Which is fair: they’re usually the best way for you to determine if you like a college and the biggest indicators to us that an applicant is serious and well informed. But if you’re a senior and you haven’t done any of those things due to scheduling, finances, distance, etc.: that ship has pretty much sailed. (Good luck telling your parents on the brink of the holidays, with school and extracurriculars in full swing, that you just MUST drive to Boston to visit Tufts. I can hear the eye-rolling and exasperated sighs now.) If that’s the case, don’t panic. Just focus on other ways to show us some love. Here are a few ideas for everyone, including those who have been to Medford:
I hope this helps as you finish navigating the process. Demonstrating interest is not particularly complicated, but it can take time. If you are really interested in a college or university, you should make the time to do it well. If you can’t or don’t want to take that time, perhaps this a good moment to sit and reconsider your list.