College admissions looking at students' social media accounts

College admissions looking at students' social media accounts

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FARGO, N.D. (KVLY) -- GPA and a list of activities are just a few things colleges are looking at these days when students apply.

Now, you can add social media to that list. Colleges across the country are paying more attention to how students use those accounts.

Ask any high school student and they'll tell you, social media is a big part of their lives.

"I got Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, pretty much everything," Ethan Kuchera said.

"I use Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, pretty much all the basics," Alayna Lingen said.

They spend a lot of time on them.

"All the time, between classes, sometimes in my class," Kuchera said.

But all that time on social media could hurt your chances at getting into college. Forty percent of admissions offices say they visit applicants' social media pages to learn more about them. That's something many students don't think about.

"I really didn't know that at all," Kuchera said. "I kind of figured that, but that’s higher than I thought it would be."

According to a Kaplan Test Prep Survey, learning about an applicant’s interests and looking into inappropriate or illegal behavior are reasons why colleges look at social media accounts.

"If they see something they don't think is appropriate or safe, they are probably not going to accept you to college," Lingen said.

"Be careful with what you post. If you don't want people to see it, I wouldn't put it out there," Kuchera said. "If it's not something you would want to show your parents, I wouldn't post it."

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