Social networking sites and college applications

With colleges expecting a record number of applications this year, the importance of making a positive impression with admissions officers is becoming increasingly important. College admissions officers are visiting social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace on a more regular basis. Why is this important? A recent survey of admissions officers showed that of the officers that visited social networking sites to look up applicants, over a third found reasons to reject applicants.

Students should be mindful of their online personas. Make sure you are portraying yourself in the most positive light. Remove inappropriate photos and posts, and make sure you represent yourself as you would want an admissions officer to see you. Be cautious not to post anything that could hurt your chances in the college admissions process.

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