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Your social media history can potentially impact your college admissions in several ways:

Content and Behavior

College admissions committees may review applicants' social media profiles to get a sense of their character and behavior. Inappropriate or offensive content, such as hate speech, offensive jokes, or posts involving drugs and alcohol, can create a negative impression and may affect your chances of admission.

Privacy Settings

While colleges may try to gather information from publicly accessible social media profiles, it's important to note that you have control over your privacy settings. Adjusting your settings to restrict public access to your posts can help protect your online privacy and limit what admissions committees can see.


Admissions officers may cross-check the information on your application with what they find on your social media profiles. Any significant inconsistencies, such as conflicting statements about your achievements or extracurricular activities, could raise concerns about your honesty and integrity.

Digital Footprint

Keep in mind that even if you delete posts or make your profile private, there may still be a digital footprint of your online activity. Colleges or organizations could potentially access archived content or information from third-party sources.

Demonstrated Interests

Some colleges consider demonstrated interest when making admissions decisions. If your social media activity reflects a genuine interest in the college or aligns with your intended major or field of study, it can be a positive factor. Conversely, if your social media presence shows disinterest or negative attitudes toward the college, it may not work in your favor.

Online Persona

Some colleges may be interested in your online presence and how you present yourself on social media. A consistent, positive online persona can enhance your application.

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