It’s been said that 80% of College Admissions Offices check out prospective students on Facebook. So, if that’s the case, and you really want to go to this school, why not prep your Facebook page in the event that your page is scoped out? After all, it could make or break your acceptance into that University. Many Students looking to attend a particular school will even “like” the page of the University, basically granting access for that University to check them out. Now, in addition to filing out the admissions paperwork along with a paper and potential interview, your Facebook is being investigated! If you are a student or know someone that is, here are some tips on preparing your Facebook profile for college administrators:
Delete photos: Always delete photos that could be misinterpreted. Who cares if you have 50 comments. If college matters to you, the photo has to go. Think of it this way, if you don’t want your parents to see it, delete it.
Privacy: If you absolutely cannot bare the thought of deleting those photos we talked about above, go to Facebook’s “Privacy Settings” and ensure that the setting for that album is set to “Friends only.” Also, take the time to untag yourself from photos you don’t own and can’t remove or change privacy settings for. Or, you could just flat out make your entire profile private.
Facebook Directory: This is something you can opt out of. Which means you are virtually unsearchable. If you go this route, remember to turn it back on when you start classes so all your new friends will be able to find you.
Tell Your Friends: Tell your friends what you’re doing and why. Ask them not to comment with anything you wouldn’t want your parents to read. Ask them to hold off on tagging you in any photos in the meantime, and maybe even suggest to them it’s something they should do as well. Some friends you won’t be able to get this message across to, so you may need to temporarily block them, delete them, or filter them so they can’t post on your wall or photos, basically, add them to your limited profile.
Miscellaneous: You need to prepare your entire social network. The statistics regarding Facebook stalking are more prevalent than those on Twitter; of course, because there is more information to learn about someone. However, you should also clean up your Twitter, LinkedIn, maybe even Foursquare. What you put on the Internet could always bite you in the butt, so get your ducks in a row before that unruly opportunity presents itself.
Have any tips or ideas to add? Comment below for other prospective college students… and good luck!