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Clean Up Social Media Profile for College Admissions and Careers

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According to the latest study by Pew Research on Internet usage, 73% of adults are now using some form of social media. It is not a secret that College Admission Officers use social media to discover information about potential candidates.


A poor social media profile with negative implications can convince admission officers to rescind an offer of admission. Some of the best advice a college counselor can give students is to keep their digital profiles clean and presentable. The enclosed tips are set up by design to not just improve overall social profiles but also set students on a path for avoiding pitfalls for future employment.

  • Whenever using any social media, pretend a college admissions officer is reading it as your personal statement essay for college admission. Innocuous postings are fun but keep your college plans in mind.
  • Remove or block any inappropriate photos including anything related to alcohol or drugs, sexually suggestive, illegal, or offensive to any group. With networks like Twitter, followers can re tweet anything you post. The goal should be to focus on the positive and bury the negative. Take control of your accounts. 
  • Do not align yourself with extreme political organizations and unsubscribe from groups that show bias or bigotry. If ever in doubt of appropriateness ask a teacher or counselor for advice.
  • Update the security setting on Facebook and other social media applications to restrict how your information is shared in the future. On Facebook make sure you've set your profile privacy settings to "Friends Only."
  • Choose an attractive and professional-looking photo for your profile picture. If in doubt, think business casual not formal but not sloppy.
  • Regularly do a Google search of your name to find potential red flag issues with your reputation. If you find something, ask the owner of the site if they can remove it. If not you should move on by replacing any bad stories with good. Perhaps, volunteer at a local shelter and participate in events that help your community.
  • Create professional social profiles that can be used throughout college and beyond. The Internet will display your profile for years to come.
  • The most important thing is to use your common sense, which can be effective on any social media channel. Be careful and certain that your social media profile doesn't include any posts or media that you would not want seen by the public.
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