Social Networking Reshapes College Admissions

Is your facebook page ready for the college admissions process?

Colleges are looking for ways to better get to know their applicants, and there is no longer any doubt that social networking sites are playing a key role in this process. According to this article, a Kaplan study surveyed 359 college admission officers from 500 universities. Results showed that approximately 24% of college admissions officers search social media and 20% reported performing a search on Google. While this number may seem low, it is definitely on the rise! And 12% of admissions officers’ stated that social media profiles negatively affected their college applications.

For better or for worse, expect that college admissions officers will be checking facebook, twitter, and youtube to see how you represent yourself. While this can be disconcerting, it can also be an opportunity to update your online image so you are sure to impress not only admissions officers but future employers as well!

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Your Online Identity And Your College Application

College Essay Organizer Is On FacebookThis new article in the Wichita Eagle talks about the importance of your online identity in the college admissions process. We've spoken before about some of the unexpected ways college admissions officers can check into your background, but this is the first article we've seen with hard numbers about the percentage of admissions officers that actively check the Facebook profiles of their applicants, or that Google applicants before fully evaluating their applications.

The article cites College Essay Organizer user Naomi Steinberg, owner of Apply Yourself Educational Consulting in Boca Raton, Florida, as saying that it can be useful for seniors to change the name on their accounts, even if only for the application season:

"As parents and advisors, of course we should be encouraging kids to make good choices and maintain favorable online reputations. In reality, we know we cannot monitor and control every move they make, every photo they or their friends take, and what they have in their hands when the photo is taken."

It doesn't even have to be permanent - returning the user name to your actual name after the acceptances come in is standard, though you'll want to keep privacy settings at a comfortable level if you want to avoid a similar problem with your future job searches.

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Join College Essay Organizer On Facebook!

College Essay Organizer Is On Facebook

If we play nice, David Fincher might just make a movie about us, too. Perhaps you will be depicted in it. Perhaps you will be played by Andrew Garfield. It could happen.

We at College Essay Organizer have been a part of this social network game for a while now, putting together some entertaining videos, a Twitter account that's been subject to some hilarious back and forth with our clients, and of course this blog, which has been popping up in various forms on our partner sites for a few years now.

We'd love to have you follow along on our Facebook page as well! We encourage discussion there about our daily blog updates, and will keep you in the loop about our ongoing promotions and contests, like the recent Best College Essay contest.

You have plenty of good hours just waiting to be spent clicking from page to page on Facebook! Do so with your favorite college essay management tool right here. We promise the ride will be a good one.

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