University Admissions Blog
ANNOUNCEMENTS & ADVICE
Ever since the news that Harvard rescinded their offers to 10 incoming Freshmen for sharing inappropriate material via social media, news outlets have erupted in debate over the fairness of the decision. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, there are some take-aways that we all need to consider.
Colleges and universities ARE paying attention to social media. College counselors like myself have been warning students to be mindful of their online presence for years, and, for a long time, institutions let social media missteps go. Clearly that is changing. It’s unfortunate that 10 students had their lives effectively ruined (for the time being) for doing something stupid, but colleges and universities truly want stand-up individuals on their campuses. Harvard doubled down on something that’s been clear for a long time: character counts.
Last year, Kaplan reported that 35% of colleges and universities check applicants’ social media accounts before (and, apparently, after) admission. I guarantee you that will increase substantially this year. As a university applicant, here’s what you need to do to protect yourself: