Few Colleges Check Applicants’ Social Media Posts
Career College Central summary:
To the teenagers who plaster their boredom, distaste for physics and bodily yearnings all over the Internet while still hoping to get into a good college, here's a cheerful message: Admissions officers don't Google you, hunt you down on Twitter, or hack your settings on Facebook – usually.
Fewer than 1 in 3 admissions officers say they check students' social media postings or Google them when evaluating applications, according to a forthcoming 2013 survey from Kaplan, the test prep company.
That's up from 1 in 5 in 2011, but admissions officers are still sufficiently appalled at the idea of invading the privacy of prospective students that any audacious posts are still somewhat shielded.
Many admissions officers agree that social media is a student's "private space." But applicants who still feel it's risky to trust in the moral rectitude of college officials may take comfort in the sheer impracticality of Googling everyone.
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THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE