Admission officers in colleges in the US are considering information on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to make their decisions on college applicants.
The recent rejection of a student application because of the information that had been posted on Facebook, has raised the question, "Do High School student's Facebook profiles affect their college application?" Admission officers definitely feel that their opinions are seriously impacted by what they see online. And universities like Harvard give no explicit instructions not to take online information into consideration. So Admission officers find that information on social networking sites does have to be considered and yes, their decisions are influenced by what they find there.
As Allison Otis comments on a practical note, "When you apply to college you spend such a long time crafting an image through your applications and essays, that to be careless about your online data is just silly."
Dean Tsouvalas, editor of website StudentAdvisor, recommends using the media for the benefits it affords; posting a video resume on YouTube or blogging about volunteering efforts or other extracurricular activities and providing a link on their applications are some suggestions he gives.