From Instagram pictures of a party scene, to using bad language on Facebook, to rude tweets about teachers and parents, many young people are sharing a bit too much online. A recent study by Kaplan Test Prep shows that an online profile may hurt a student's chances to get into college.
Some college admissions counselors admit that they just don't have the time to check Facebook profiles or to "Google" a prospective student. That said, a growing number of them are making the time- especially if they are bringing in a student for a face-to-face interview or if the student has applied to an honors college program.
Over one-quarter of the admissions counselors surveyed said they did check a potential student's online profile via Facebook and/or Google. Nearly a third of those counselors said they found information that negatively impacted a potential students chance of admission. The offenses they found included:
- essay plagiarism
- vulgarities in blogs
- alcohol consumption in photos
- things that made them “wonder”
- illegal activities
And remind them...Santa is always watching!