For those of you who don’t/can’t censor what you put online via blogs, Facebook, or other social networking pages: if you are a college applicant or foresee going to college on day, watch out: Big Brother College is watching you. Sort of. A new Kaplan Test Prep survey of college admissions officers found that about 30 percent of college-admissions officers visit applicants’ Facebook (or other networking) pages and/or Google information about these applicants. When Kaplan first began following this issue back in 2008, only about 10 percent of admissions officers did this. Now, five years later, that number has tripled.
It should be noted that there has been a dip – from 35 percent in 2012 to 30 percent this year – in the number of admissions officers who note that they find something negative online that impacts an application. Still, if I were you, I’d watch what I post online if you want to get into college.