Students need to ensure that their online footprint will enhance, not detract from, their college application. Misusing social media could result in negative consequences for your college admission.
Much of social media posts and profiles are publicly accessible and searchable, therefore – if an admissions professional or campus recruiter can see it, the content may be used for or against college admission. (Same for potential employers considering hiring choices.)
Social media is not just Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Snapchat – LinkedIn is a great way to promote a resume of students’ accomplishments. LinkedIn Tips for High School Students
With some finesse and discretion, your online footprint and social media presence can showcase your strengths, voice, journey, talents, and achievements to colleges. Your social media account should present you as student who is serious about his or her future and education. Simply put, proper use of your online footprint may reap significant rewards.
“The best applicants have rich digital footprints indicating that they have been active in grade school and will be good contributors to the college community,” says Lloyd Nimetz co-founder of The Spike Lab. “College applications are a great excuse to optimize your digital footprint, but it’s a great exercise in general, since people will always be checking you out online for different reasons.”
The AICCU says, “Be prepared for admissions officers to check you out too! That means your Facebook page, Twitter feed, and other social media sites should be free of any inappropriate or potentially offensive materials.”
Inside Higher Ed reported, “Kaplan Test Prep [found] that admissions officials at more than two-thirds of colleges (68 percent) say it’s “fair game” for them to review applicants’ social media profiles on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help them decide who gets in.”