Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

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Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

Not really

Admissions officers are really not spending their valuable time on potential students Facebook pages to determine what is happening with incoming freshman. That being said, if an admissions officer is so inclined to "verify" what they see in a particular application then yes, be prepared for a passing look from college personnel. And of course, do not forget that if someone is tipped off by and outside source to check on a particular applicant that has been known to happen.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

Actually, just post nothing of relevance on FB, it can all speak volumes without your knowledge.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

Yes, so don't!

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder

Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

There is no more privacy-is there? If admissions officers have time to look at your pages, they have too much time on their hands. They should recognize that you are a teenager and do things teenagers do There are things you can do to protect your privacy. First of all, until you are admitted, change your FB name. Get rid of your last name or make a cute name. Second. make your page and all pictures and videos private to anyone who doesn't know you. Third, use a different email address for colleges than the one you used to set up your FB page. Fourth. HIDE YOURSELF. No one who doesn't know you should ever be able to see you. I've never heard of anyone get rejected from a college because of a FB posting.

Joyce Vining Morgan
Founder and college counselor Educational Transitions

Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

Depends on what you post! Don’t post any comments or pictures that you wouldn’t want to see in the newspapers. FB privacy is one thing, but friends can re-post what you post. If it’s even a little scandalous, keep it off the Web – where it will live forever. And don’t let your friends post pictures/comments that you don’t want admissions (among others) to see.

Lora Lewis
Educational Consultant Lora Lewis Consulting

Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

Yes. As the use of social media grows, more and more colleges are viewing applicants' Facebook pages as additional avenues by which to learn about potential candidates. While it may amuse you and your friends to post questionable, controversial or highly personal information on Facebook, it can also send colleges the wrong messages. Refrain from posting anything in the public areas of Facebook (or anywhere) that you wouldn't want your grandma/priest/boss to see. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

Can what I post on Facebook affect my chances of getting accepted?

Yes! Increasingly admissions offices are considering Facebook pages in addition to the formal materials student submit. Such psn offer insightinto who a student truly is. They may simply reinforce all the official materials but they may also reveal additional things that do not enhance a student's profile. At a time when schools are trying to decide why they should accept one student over multiple other highly qualified applicants, any information that offers insight--good or bad--into a person's character or personality can play a role and the new social media is becoming an increasingly prominent part of those determinations.

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

Granny would be so dissappointed

Does it pass your grandmother test? Would your family be ashamed of seeing your photos on facebook? How about your language? If your family will still claim you, then you are good to go.

Karen Ekman-Baur
Director of College Counseling Leysin American School

Can Postings on Facebook Affect Chances of Getting Accepted?

Although a lot of people, both young and old, don't seem to "get it", the fact is that Facebook postings are, to a large degree, public property. How do you want to be perceived? Although every single admissions officer is not going to have the time or inclination to check a student's Facebook page, be aware that there is every possibility that admissions personnel might want to know more about an applicant based on information included on his/her application or in the essays which the student has submitted and could well choose to view the student's Facebook entries. Colleges/universities want to admit students who will reflect well on their institutions, both while the students are at their schools and after they graduate. If what you are posting or are permitting other people to post about you on Facebook shows lack of control and poor judgement, it is quite likely that those postings could affect your chances of acceptance. No matter how successfully you have performed in high school, no matter how well you've done on standardized testing, no matter how outstanding you are as an athlete, musician, etc., there will always be other applicants who have equally outstanding qualities, but who have used more common sense with regard to Facebook entries. Those applicants will have the advantage. Again, how do you want to be perceived?

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting


In this day of the internet, you must realize that anything out there on the web is fair game. Some schools have actually gone the route of assigning one staff member to just check out online profiles. The last thing you want the admission committee to see is that photo of you at the underage keg party. It's a perfect opportunity to verify that you really are the person represented in your application. You stated you play the violin and there is a photo of you in the orchestra. You stated you love classical music, but your page is all about punk rock, hmmmm. Bottom line, put your best face forward and make your parents proud.