SEARCY (KATV) - Social
media continues to become more commonplace in everyday life. But now a warning from a national survey of
college admissions counselors; the things you post on Facebook and Twitter
might get you rejected from the college of your choice.
A Kaplan Test Prep study
found that 31% of college admissions counselors are checking out potential
students' social media pages, trying to learn more about them.
Out of eight public and
private universities surveyed by Channel 7 here in Arkansas, most claimed that
wasn't a part of the application process. However at Harding University in Searcy,
social media sites are fair game.
"Out of the thousands of
applications we receive, we don't look at every student's Facebook page or read
their Twitter," said Glenn Dillard, assistant vice-president of enrollment at
Harding University. "But if we read in a
reference that there may be something questionable we will."
Dillard said questionable
behavior includes everything from illicit activities, racial bigotry, bullying,
to sexual immorality. He said predominantly
it's Harding's stance as a faith-based school that has them checking out their
"Harding is at our core, a
Christian University," said Dillard. "We're
wanting students who will uphold that Christian standard that we've set forth
for our students."
But at the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock they claim social media is not something they're
looking at. With more than 12,000
students on campus, they said it's just something they don't have the time to
"That would be a big job
for an institution," said Dean Kahler, chancellor for enrollment management at
UALR. "We've got a lot of other things
that we can do that are a lot more positive than go after students for social
media things that they may be posting."
However Kahler said it's
not to say he doesn't warn his students and prospective applicants. He said keeping social media clean especially
applies to college graduates applying for jobs.
"Whatever decisions you
make, just be aware of the consequences that could possibly be associated with
that," said Kahler.
admissions departments at the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College,
Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas Technical University, University of
Arkansas at Fayetteville and Henderson State University all said that checking
social media pages of applicants is not part of their application process.
Suzanne McCray, dean of
admissions at the U of A Fayetteville, said they would only check out a
Facebook or Twitter account if they received information that would require
them to do so. Lori Motl, director of
admission at OBU said they would only check out social media sites for housing
requests and potentially when it comes to placing someone in a leadership
position at the University.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:35:49 GMT
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