80% of College Admissions Search Your Facebook Profile

facebookYou might want to rethink your Facebook privacy settings because according to a Kaplan survey of college admissions officers, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers consider social media presence when recruiting students.

What does your Facebook profile, or MySpace, or your social media footprint in general, say about you?

More often than not,  student Facebook pages are meant to be social, not academic. But, according a recent Huffington Post article, sharing your Facebook information could both be potential harmful to your application or helpful:

StudentAdvisor.com editor Dean Tsouvalas wrote in a blog post that “in at least one case an admissions counselor told us they rejected a potential student based on their social networking profile.”

But applicants can turn their social media presence into an advantage. Tsouvalas says that by following a school on Twitter or “liking” it on Facebook, using a personal blog as a space to demonstrate talent or making a video application for your school of choice, students can stand out in an increasingly competitive candidate pool.

Would you want admissions officers checking out your Facebook profile?

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  1. Just want to correct this article and the misinformation it is providing. The Huffington post article is misinterpreting the statistic that 80% of schools are using Facebook to check out students, when actually they are referring to schools using FB to recruit students with Pages, Groups, and Applications.

    Full correction here – http://mallorywood.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/admission-counselors-on-facebook/

    “Four out of every five college admissions offices use Facebook to recruit students” is not equivalent to “Four out of five college admission offices use Facebook in the application decision making process” which is the conclusion that the Huffington Post jumps to.

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