Question: My daughter is a college sophomore and plans to attend graduate school after she gets her bachelor's. Should we start touring grad schools next year? Is "intent" as important in grad school as it is in undergrad?
Students typically apply to far fewer graduate schools than they do to undergraduate colleges. Thus, grad school admission officials usually don't scrutinize “demonstrated interest" (or “intent," as you've called it) the way that undergrad admission folks often do in order to figure out if a prospective student is likely to enroll.