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When ranking applicants, how much does it matter if an applicant is very interested in your program in particular? Do you try to rank everyone simply by the overall strength of his/her application, or do you try to narrow it down to applicants who expect are ranking you as #1, as well?

In a related question, how do you "know" when an applicant is very interested in your program? If we are very interested and want to convey that interest, what kinds of things should we be doing?