Is an online reputation check part of you pre college application process? There are countless articles on the internet that tell you the steps you need to take to prepare for the college admissions process, including what you need to do and when you need to do it. I can’t remember ever seeing one that mentioned scouring your internet footprint as part of the process.
Recent research conducted by Kaplan Test Prep reveal that 29% of college admissions officers are doing a Google search for at least some candidates, and 31% are checking Facebook or other social media sites as part of the candidate vetting process. Both numbers have risen steadily over the last few years.
If you haven’t considered your internet footprint being scrutinized after you spent countless hours presenting the best possible you for your college application, it’s time that you did. If you’re active online and any of the following apply to you:
- Your family has paid thousands of dollars for test prep or tutors
- You have high expectations and a real shot at getting into your dream school
- A merit-based scholarship, academic or otherwise, is a real possibility
You need to make sure that there are no negative surprises lurking in your internet history. We don’t mean that you’ve been doing anything evil. Perhaps you have an account on a network that you’ve forgotten about, there is something you posted as a joke that could look like bullying to someone else or someone else posted something unflattering about you. Too many party pictures, off color humor or general adult content could all lead an admission officer to question your character.
At ThirdParent, we do a confidential audit of your public facing internet and social media profile and activity. If there is something negative about you on the internet that an admissions officer could find, let us find it for you first.
Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring teen internet activity.