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The Effects of Facebook on College Admission

By Meaghan Montrose

You have probably never even considered that your time spent on Facebook, MySpace, or any other social networking site could impact your chances of getting into college or finding a job. As times are changing and the pool of applicants for college admission are getting larger and larger, your activity on sites such as Facebook can unknowingly become part of your resume.
According to the results of a recent survey, some college admissions officers said that they look for their applicants on social networking sites. Nearly half of the officers reported that the applicants chances of being accepted decreased after viewing their activities on these sites.
This connection between Facebook and college admission was highlighted in a recent post at College Finance 101. The post, Facebook: Can It Hurt Your Chances of Getting Into School or Landing a Job?, offers some great advice on how to avoid negative consequences of having a social networking account.
One suggestion offered in the post is to change your profile settings to limit the people who can view your account. Check out the post for more suggestions to protect yourself.

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