Social Media’s Possible Effects On College Admissions

Posted on June 20, 2009. Filed under: college admissions |

Recently came across a teachpaperless blog and was impressed with the following comment:

” Social media could effect college admissions — and not in the sense of colleges looking for pictures from high school parties, but from the perspective of how a four-year social media portfolio might demonstrate more about the student’s academic, intellectual, and creative capacities than a list of scores on exams ever could.”

No surprise that much about students’ interests and character could be determined about personal social media context.  Meanwhile the lingering debate on test optional, test flexible  colleges continues. Test optional colleges in the U.S. now top 800 – a list is available at

Just a few months ago top admission deans from around the country came together at a multi-day seminar titled “Rethinking Admissions” at Wake Forest University  Some questions raised included: What role should standardized testing play in admissions practices? How well does high-school GPA and class rank predict college grades and graduation? How should personal promise for creativity and leadership be evaluated? How heavily should extracurricular accomplishments be weighed? All of these are worthy discussions. However, a student’s social media portfolio would be relevant and perhaps reveal an authentic character – something admissions officers seek to determine in building their classes.


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