Admissions

Social Networking and College Admissions

My title may have made you think about admissions people wanting to spy on your Facebook posts or Twitter tweets. There has been a lot of angst lately about the ability of college admission committees to investigate increasingly personal aspects of the applicants who seek admission to their schools. Well, that's not what I'm talking about today. The point here is how social media can help applicants, rather than create stress.

There's lots of buzz about social media as it applies to colleges and college admissions. Let's take a look at some of what has been written about a relatively new player in that arena: LinkedIn the “World's Largest Professional Network." Have you heard of LinkedIn? If not, you should investigate it. I found one interesting article on CNET.com that addresses LinkedIn's college-related social media initiative.

The thrust of the article is “Could LinkedIn give students an 'in' with college admissions?" In today's frenetic and high-pressure college admissions world, any edge applicants can get is worth investigating. Writer Sumi Das notes, “With a lowered age requirement, LinkedIn hopes to welcome more teens. Its university pages aim to provide prospective students with info on how they're connected to a school and suggestions on how to achieve career goals."

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