According to SafetyWeb, 38% of college admissions directors admit that what they saw on applicant’s social profiles “negatively affected” their views of the applicant.
But surely, aren’t admissions officers too busy to care about Facebook profiles? U.S. News asks the experts if Facebook posts could really lead to college rejections.
“Colleges are receiving more applications than ever and it is competitive to get a spot,” says Steve Loflin, founder and CEO, National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
“Knowing that, you should put your energy and effort into making sure you are academically prepared and submitting the strongest application possible. When it comes to Facebook, be smart about your privacy settings and you can control exactly who has access.”
Loflin warns to be aware of how Facebook posts may be interpreted by someone who doesn’t know you.
Michele Hernandez, president and founder of Hernandez College Consulting:
“Though it’s not the norm for admissions officers to actively search out information on a student, they could, especially if there were any warning signs from recommendation letters or any other school information. Admissions officers want students who are upstanding citizens in every way—a salacious Facebook page would be counter to what they are looking for.”
However, Katherine Cohen, founder and CEO of IvyWise and ApplyWise.com believes that, if an admissions officer was inclined to search your profile, it might not always be a bad thing.
“You can use the Internet to express yourself and show admissions committees your passion. If you’re a photographer or artist, post pictures. Musicians, start a MySpace page devoted to your music.”