Digital Footprint: Juniors Advisory

Session #14

New York Times: They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets

In an article published in the NYT a year and a half ago, writer Natasha Singer exposes the harsh reality of college admissions and social media.

  • In 2013, 31% (of 381) college admissions officers say they visit Facebook, Twitter, etc to learn more about applicants.
  • 30% of admissions officers polled in 2013 reported discovering online information that negatively affected applicants' chances

Tips to help you succeed:

  • Delete posts that could be deemed inappropriate. Would you want a family member to see it? If not, take it down.
  • Create socially acceptable email addresses. Your contact info is listed on your application, don't share an email address that is offensive or misleading. Try creating an email account using your name or initials

If you'd like to read the full article, visit

  1. Would you say it in real life? If not, don't post it!
  2. Keep your relationship details to yourself.
  3. Don't post every detail of your life. Think about your reader(s). They don't need, or want, to see every detail of your day.
  4. Don't complain in every post!
  5. Any image that you share online can be copied and re-posted by anyone. Think about the pictures you post before you post them.
  6. Update your privacy settings. Anyone can see what you share when you have a public account, and private accounts are easy to navigate around. Don't share something that you wouldn't want a future employer or a creepy stranger to find.