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Sometime in the next few weeks, a college admissions officer will visit a prospective student’s Facebook page or Twitter feed and say, “No way! They’re not coming here!”
And then it will happen again and again, and those students may never find out why they were rejected.
Roughly 1/3 of college admissions deans say they check applicant profiles, particularly if they’re on the fence about admitting them. Officials are looking for something to make up their mind either way.
Use Social Media to Improve Your College Application
A lot’s been made out of students who ruin their admissions chances with bad pictures and questionable posts, but you can also use your online profile to improve your chances.
Prepare a Good College Application First
Nothing you can do after you submit your application can entirely make up for not having a good college resume in the first place, but it can be a bit of a salve on an open wound. Clean up your social media and online presence and make sure it matches your application. See that your accomplishments are highlighted, your activities recorded and the colleges you’ve applied to complimented. Talk about why you’re interested in a particular major or career. Show that you’re making future plans.
Remember, only 1/3 or so of college admissions officers will look you up online, but if you applied to six colleges, that’s two right there. And they just could be your top two choices!
So take a little time cleaning up your sites before the dean of admissions gets to your site. And if you’re still an underclassmen, use these tips to build a positive profile so you don’t have to go back and clean it up.
*Portions of this article appeared on RSC’s National News Today article
Don’t Block Social Media: Make Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & Flickr Part of Your College Application
and our student handbooks.
1. As a private college counselor, I think this is a great article with lots of helpful advice for high school seniors. I will post it on my website.
Comment By Susie Watts - Jan 10, 2012 10:03 PM
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