Can Social Media Posts Cost You College Admission?
According to a study by test prep giant Kaplan, 27% of admissions officers Google candidates and 26% check Facebook. When it comes to scholarship applications, there’s really no telling how high this percentage may be since there are so many sources of funds and an endless stream of people that weigh in on whether you’re worth the money. The bottom line is that your social media activity can absolutely cost you an acceptance to the school of your choice or a scholarship to help pay your way.
The less you have in scholarships, the more you may have to borrow, so your tweets and Instagrams can quite literally cost you tens of thousands of dollars over time. Youth in their mid-twenties and younger are a generation that share thoughts and images on social media constantly – many without filtering what they share. You may feel your right to self expression shouldn’t be censored and the whole First Amendment thing, etc., etc.
But the bottom line is that what you tweet, like and share can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion and if you are smart, you will censor yourself lest it cost you a college admission, scholarship and, eventually, career opportunities. Even high school yearbooks are now incorporating Twitter posts into their pages – that will see your tweets into perpetuity.
If you have social media accounts, you should get them cleaned up ASAP so they don’t cost you hits to your reputation that can ruin the rest of your life.