More post-secondary admissions are being impacted by applicants’ social media activity. This article describes the results of a recent survey. Some of the more interesting bits are quoted here:
Schools are discovering information about prospective students that is negatively impacting their chances of acceptance.
[As] more and more kids are using Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter, their online footprint spreads far and wide, with lots of results showing up in a Google search.
Admissions officers are looking at your complete online profile — what comes back in a Google search.
Twitter and YouTube aren’t private and are more difficult to control.
The percentage [of those surveyed] that said they found something that negatively impacted the applicant’s chances of getting admitted into the school nearly tripled. That figure went from 12% last year to 35% this year.
The respondents cited vulgarities in blogs, photos depicting alcohol consumption, and essay plagiarism
[The study] queried 350 admissions officers from the nation’s top 500 colleges and universities for this survey.
“You don’t have to share absolutely everything. Check your digital trail, Google yourself, see what’s out there, check your privacy settings, and limit searchability of your profile wherever possible.”