Well, new information has emerged that reveals the kinds of so-called “trigger points” (a term related to those infamous “microaggressions,” but that’s blog fodder for another day) that pique the curiosities of admissions folks and drive them to Google and Facebook. This info comes to us from a 2015 Kaplan Test Prep survey.
Kaplan spokesperson, Russell Schaffer, sent me a few details about these surprising results yesterday, so they are fresh off the press:
– Verification of Awards: Citation of particularly distinguished or noteworthy awards can sometimes trigger an admissions officer’s online search for independent verification; as one officer noted, something “out of the norm.”
– Criminal Records or Disciplinary Action: Some admissions officers say that if an applicant mentions they have a criminal background or a record of disciplinary action, they will do some online digging to get more details.
– Scholarships: Students applying for special scholarships can come under greater scrutiny, as schools want to ensure those receiving the scholarships are fully deserving; extra due diligence can come in the form of online checking.
– Admissions Sabotage: Anecdotally, admissions officers say they occasionally get anonymous tips about prospective students pointing them towards inappropriate behavior. They’ll sometimes dig online to see if it has merit.