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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