Preparing for College

Internet "Safety" and College Admissions

Question: I am a high school counselor who has been given the task of creating a curriculum for Internet safety. An area that I would like to address is the idea that colleges could access information about individual students via the Internet. I would also like to address how this can affect scholarship possibilities. Do colleges and universities look up possible student candidates on the Internet? My intent is to educate students on how their "MySpace" and "Facebook" accounts can affect their college plans.

While almost every college admission official will be quick to insist that their staff has neither the time nor the inclination to routinely check-out the Cyber-lives of applicants, the truth is that it does happen for some students, and thus all students need to be very cautious about their social networking activities. According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education last fall:

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