Clean up social media. For years, college advisors have been encouraging students to sanitize their Facebook pages, but today’s social media is expanding online presence exponentially. And as Big Brother-esque as it may sound, admissions officers are watching. In fact, a recent survey revealed that at least a third of college admissions offices conceded that they do look at the social media use of many applicants.
That said, students can use social media to boost, rather than hinder, their college applications. For example:
An appealing Twitter page that suggests cultural engagement and intellectual curiosity.
Mature personal blog posts.
News articles about a student’s academic or athletic accomplishments
Mentions of volunteer work on the organization’s website and social media.
Appropriate Facebook Groups and Facebook Likes.