facebookAs if there weren’t enough instances on the internet where middle-aged people examine the lives of teenagers they don’t even know, there emerges a new reason for social network stalking: college applications. The results of a survey by Kaplan show that more than 80 percent of college admissions officers look at social media websites such as Facebook when they are recruiting.

The editor of StudentAdvisor.com, Dean Tsouvalas, stated that he knew of at least one case where a student was rejected because of a social networking profile. Tsouvalas suggests that students use their accounts to their own benefit, by showing support for a school or adding an extra dimension to their application, something which will distinguish them from the rest of the applicants.

Even an admissions officer at Harvard is reported to have said that she definitely considers candidates’ Facebook profiles. For those of us already in college, this raises the worrying issue of future employers checking out our Facebook pages to see just how many Saturday afternoons we actually spent volunteering. So be sure to take down any scandalous profile pictures and set everything to private, or you might face some rather awkward rejections.

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80% Of College Admissions Officers Use Facebook To Check Out Students [The Huffington Post]


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