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Colleges Increasingly Checking Applicants’ Social Media Accounts

STUDENT PRIVACY

November 11, 2013

According to Kaplan research, 31 percent of admissions officers visited an applicant’s Facebook page or other social media account last year in determining admissions, a five-percent jump over last year. The research is indicative, reports The New York Times, of the increasing role students’ digital footprints play in whether or not they gain admission to college in the U.S. “To me, it’s a huge problem,” said Bradley S. Shear, a social media-focused lawyer. “Often, false and misleading content online is taken as fact.” However, we might all agree that one Bowdoin College applicant’s decision to snarkily tweet mean-spirited comments about fellow applicants while on a tour of the school was ill advised. (Registration may be required to view this article.)
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