Friday College Town Hall

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question:

This study shows that social media negatively affects 12% of student applicants’ admissions chances.

What should students realize about their online footprint before applying to college?

Check out the infographic below to see other patterns in social media and admissions. What do you think are the biggest mistakes students should avoid?


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  1. Topaz says:

    Students should be careful what they post and who they allow to view their posted material. Way too often students post things they shouldn’t and wonder how so many people find out about something that no else should know; like an image at a party where they are drinking and for whatever reason post it on the web for all to see. Privacy settings are at times ignored or aren’t set properly to keep certain individuals from viewing. Want to know how noticeable you are on the net? Do a search for your name on the web and see what pops up.

    If several items too many pop up (such as photos or weird posts) then you know you’re in trouble; not just with potential schools you’re interested in but potential employers.

  2. Cricket Garancosky says:

    People just need to remember this about social media (even with privacy settings):

    Do NOT post anything you do not want to stand on the corner of a busy street and shout with a megaphone. THAT is what social media is.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Do not post things that could get you in trouble with college or your future job. It is not private no matter how much you think it is, there is ways for people to get around the privacy of the internet. It may seem like fun and games when you post things ( like you are drunk and underage, you post about breaking some law, you post vulgar things)but it is not fun and it will hurt you as those things follow you and you can’t get rid of them.

    Like with my situation for example: I am in college to become a teacher, I have to be careful what I post as I can get kicked out of my school if they see that stuff like underage drinking (it has happened to students). I will also lose my potential to have a job in the future with a school. I really have to be careful of the social media, and what I post.

    So be careful, do not post anything that could harm your ability to attend your future college or future job.

  4. Christi says:

    I’m honestly surprised that the percentage is only 24%.

  5. Cindy Doll says:

    Most students do not realize that once something is “posted” on the Internet, it is virtually impossible to remove it. Do you really want to post those pics of you and your buddies drinking double-fisted while running semi nude around the pool? Or lip-locked with a stranger? Posting derogatory remarks against others isn’t cool, either. Not only are you degrading yourselves, but you are setting yourselves up for potential failure when you are done with school in the job market and beyond. And remember…..”Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you”. ~Frank Tyger {nationally published editorial cartoonist, columnist and humorist for the Trenton Times.}

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