The latest Kaplan survey of college admissions officers found that 36% of admissions officers have visited applicants’ social media profiles to learn more about them – up from 25% last year.
Yes, College Admissions Officers Do Look at Applicants’ Social Media, Survey Finds. Guidance counselors often warn their students that college admissions officers may be taking a peek at their social media accounts. And a new survey confirms their cautions.
So, do colleges look at social media? Yes. In fact, what students post on social media can greatly affect not only acceptance odds, but they can get acceptances revoked if unsuitable and offensive material is found.
Kaplan’s survey found that 65 percent of admission officers think that it’s “fair game” for reviewers to visit applicants’ social media pages, and 36 percent of the admission officers who responded do visit applicants’ social media profiles. Of that 36 percent, 17 percent do it “often.”
Do colleges look at private Instagram?
Colleges can see posts on social media, such as Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok, if the accounts are not set to private. Up to 25% of college admissions officers check out applicants’ social media presence.
Having zero social media presence can indicate that you’re inept when it comes to the interwebs. … If you don’t have these social media skills, it can be a red flag that you’re inept, lazy or worse. According to Forbes, two of the key personality traits employers look for are intellectual curiosity and self-monitoring.
Can colleges look at your search history?
Nope. Colleges have no sound legal way of accessing your search history, nor would they go out of their way to look at it. Admissions are based on grades, accomplishments, that sort of thing–search history has nothing to do with college admissions.
Scholarship Judges Care About What You Post on Social Media
A study by Kaplan Test Prep found that 35% of college admissions officers check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social networking sites to learn more about potential candidates .