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“Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?” – Derrick L., New York, NY
Post publicly only material that would make your grandmother smile
Owner & Director
Ivy College Prep LLC
Facebook postings can absolutely hurt your chance of being admitted
Bedford Educational Consulting
Admissions officers don’t routinely check, but be careful
Few college admissions offices have the time, resources or inclination to routinely scour the internet and social media sites for incriminating information on applicants. However, most admissions officers I have spoken to acknowledge that they do occasionally check Facebook or Google students if there is something in an applicant’s file that is inconsistent or raises a red flag. Remember, it isn’t appropriate to post anything that could be considered abusive or demeaning to another person. Nor should there be profanity, references to or photos of drugs alcohol or illegal behavior. Always use privacy settings and do not “friend’ admissions officers.
Let your Facebook page reflect well upon you
Mary Beth Fry
Director of College Counseling
Savannah Country Day School
Consider this: when you apply to college, you’re asking to join a community. Colleges admit excellent students who also promise to be good roommates, great friends and interesting classmates. Profanities or extreme photos on a Facebook page just don’t reflect well on anyone. You’ve done your best in school and worked hard on your applications. Right now, today, would you want admission staffers to look at your Facebook wall? If not, consider making changes: even if admission staffers don’t read it, potential roommates probably will.
The implications of posting on social networking sites
Counseling Department Chair
Broadneck High School
Maybe. To Be Safe, Use the “Grandma Test” for Facebook
Author & Founder
Facebook postings can adversely impact admissions chances
Director & Educational Consultant
IvySelect College Counseling
Yes, inappropriate postings can hurt chances for admission
Seven Hills School
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