Admissions Checks Facebook

This strikes me as obvious and inevitable, but here’s the proof anyway. Admissions officers check Facebook – no doubt this applies to grad schools as well. The Chicago Tribune reports:

In a new survey, 10 percent of admissions officers from prestigious schools said they had peeked at sites like Facebook and MySpace to evaluate college-bound seniors. Of those using the profiles, 38 percent said it had a “negative impact” on the applicant, according to Kaplan Inc., the education services company that polled the officers.

At least one admissions officer had rescinded an offer because of an applicant’s postings, results showed. The survey went out to 500 schools—of which 320 responded—in July and August and promised anonymity.

Will I eventually delete my Facebook account? Yes. But yes, it will be difficult. Thanks to our blogosphere friends over at SaxaSpeak for the tip on this one.

Chicago Tribune – Social-networking sites viewed by admissions officers

p.s. This image is the fourth one that comes up when you do a Google Image search for “Facebook.”

6 thoughts on “Admissions Checks Facebook

  1. Anonymous

    this may sound naive, but if you’re careful about your privacy settings with your photos, they can’t see them right? or do they just get someone to hack into everything?

  2. Anonymous

    this may sound naive, but if you’re careful about your privacy settings with your photos, they can’t see them right? or do they just get someone to hack into everything?

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