Social Media Searches by admissions officers can impact college admissions...
More now than ever, college applicants’ scandalous Facebook postings and
tweets are hurting students' chances of getting into their school of
choice. Admissions officers who responded to a national survey this
fall said the percentage of applications that had been negatively
affected by social media searches had nearly tripled, from 12 percent in
2010 to 35 percent in 2011. In 2010, one in five college admissions
officials Googled applicants, a percentage that jumped to one in four in
2011. Facebook checks stayed steady at 26 percent in 2011. One in 10
college admissions officers did Google and Facebook searches when Kaplan
first began tracking the issue in 2008.