Clean up social media. For years, college advisors have been encouraging students to sanitize their Facebook pages, but today’s social media is expanding its 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 officers conceded that they do look at the social media use of many applicants.
Just this past spring, Harvard revoked the admissions offers to 10 incoming freshmen after the university discovered that the students had exchanged sexually explicit memes and derogatory Facebook messages targeting minority groups. A recent article warns students to stay away from social media as a means of communicating with colleges because these accounts become available for further investigation.
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/or intellectual curiosity.
- Mature personal blog posts.
- News articles about a student's academic or athletic achievements.
- Mentions of volunteer work on an organization's website and/or social media.