Facebook has taken the world by storm, with millions using the site, and new users jumping on board everyday. but the social networking site has become more than a fun way to keep in touch with family and friends, colleges are now using it as a way to judge prospective students. " I think it's a total invasion of privacy, I think it's messed up and wrong", said college student Tamzen Sommer. Brittan Marino adds " I really do think that it's our personal space and you really shouldn't be judging us for our facbook posts or pictures".
A new study done by Kaplan Test Prep shows that Facebook is not off limits for colleges when it comes to considering students applying for the school. The survey says nearly a quarter of all college admission offices interviewed admit to using Facebook as a way to learn more about prospective students, and more than 20 percent said they've Googled them. " I think that's fine, you have to be cautious about what you put on the internet, anyone can get ahold of pretty much anything now days", explained college freshman Tanner Pisenti. Austin Huddleson adds, " You really need to know who you're hiring or accepting as the position so I feel like that's an important aspect".
Other social networking sites like Twitter and Google Plus are starting to become popular sites schools are checking as well. Many employers also use the social networking sites as a way to check on potential employees, making it a necessity to keep your digital foot print clean. " I might even delete my whole facebook page and start over... start from scratch", said Marino.
The survey did say a low high school GPA is still the number one reason students won't get into the college of their choice. As for your Facebook page, you're advised to change your privacy settings just to be safe.