You will soon be applying to graduate business school in earnest. There are a few things that can sink your ambitious MBA plans, or even a college acceptance letter already in your possession faster than an inappropriate post on from one of your social media accounts. Whether you frequent Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, “Big Brother” is watching and the “hammer will come down hard” if they find questionable character on your part.
According to Inside Higher Education, 35% of the admission committees visit an applicant’s social media pages during the application process. The percentage is higher for private colleges. “Almost 50% of colleges found information found on sites such as Facebook and Instagram that had a positive impact, while 42% said what they found had a negative impact,” reports Kaplan.
Moreover, more than 66% of universities say that it is fair game to check an applicant’s social media posts. Therefore, applicant beware.
Positive Social Media
One admissions committee member described that she was pleasantly surprised at a LGBT panel discussion that she did at her school. Another student won a special award. Another college discovered a company that a student founded. Each of these cases was information not revealed in the application or easy and positively affected the student’s application.
Negative Social Media
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