Graduate Admissions Officers Frown Upon Facebook Use

Sharon Rieger's picture
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kaplan Test Prep continues to warn students to be cautious about their use of social networks, including Facebook — and graduate school applicants are the intended audience for the latest such warning.

Kaplan conducted a phone survey of 123 of the top 200 graduate programs in education, engineering, psychology, and public administration, as designated by U.S. News & World Report, in May.

Admissions officers were asked if they felt that it was appropriate for students to use social networks such as Facebook to reach out to graduate schools, and 65 percent responded that doing so would be inappropriate.

In addition, 29 percent of the admissions officers who were permitted to visit applicants’ social networking pages rejected applicants due to content found on those pages.

Social media questions were actually part of a survey was focused on evaluating the new format for graduate school admissions test, the GRE , which debuted this week.

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