Facebook has become nearly ubiquitous today, therefore, you should be aware of a few things when using Facebook during the college admission process.
1) You can use the site to research your potential school(s). In addition to looking at their “About” page, also see what they are posting; is this an academic-heavy school, or one more proud of its sports teams? Use this knowledge to steer your interview accordingly.
2) Remember that your school will use Facebook to research you as well. Over 80% of schools use the site to learn about prospective students. Don’t trust that one of your postings won’t be seen by an admissions officer. Never badmouth the school, say anything incriminating about yourself, or post any pictures of you at that wild party last summer.
3) “Like” the school’s page, and participate in discussions and postings there – it can be a quick way to build new relationships with the staff and students of the school. At the very least, knowledge of the posts can help you during your college admissions interview.
4) Highlight your academic awards on your page – Try switching your profile picture to the one of you talking to your high school auditorium last year.
5) Show your personal accomplishments as well. If you love mountain climbing, feature pictures of you on top of a mountain on your page. Admissions officers love this sort of information about students.
Using these five simple tips, you can help increase your chances of getting accepted to school by using Facebook wisely.
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