I have a tendency to over analyze a situation, but I find this one to be particularly hard to grasp. How do you balance out a situation in which you are interviewing or writing a secondary to your #1 prospected school and you want to let them know that they are in fact your number one school, but doing so in a fashion that doesn't scream "I'm desperate."? Said differently, I have @Goro mention that sometimes ADCOMs will accept a competitive applicatant earlier because "they could get picked up easily by another school." What if you express a major interest in a particular school? Wouldn't it be easy for them to say "I think we are safe with this one sticking around, we can put him on the waitlist for now and see what happens."? It makes sense to me that even if you are competitive and if they know they are your #1 choice, then they would be less urgent in sending an acceptance to you for the reason as stated above (they know you will come if they want you there.). I hope this makes sense; if not, then let me know so I can explain further. My question, though, would it be smart to let the ADCOMs know that you are very interested in their school and they are possibly your top choice! Thank you in advancr!