According to a new study from Kaplan Test Prep, schools are “increasingly discovering information on Facebook and Google that negatively impact applicants’ acceptance chances.”
In a survey conducted last year, 27% of admissions officers say that they use Google to screen applicants while 26% check on Facebook. Google searches do not only reel in links to Facebook pages, they also provide links for other social media pages—including Twitter and Google Plus.
Based on figures, school recruiters refer to online media more than admissions counselors.
According to a study, a variety of social media posts can affect a student’s application—including pictures of alcohol, nudity, illegal drugs, and violence.
Others quickly pointed out that this can be a privacy issue. However, once information has been uploaded to the internet, it ceases to be called “private.” Still, privacy settings can be adjusted to limit the viewing of profiles to confirmed contacts.
Source: CBS New York