This June 16, 2017 photo shows social media app icons on a smartphone held by an Associated Press reporter in San Francisco. Google yourself. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The general rule of thumb, as one private high school advises its students: Don't post anything you wouldn't want your grandmother to see.Colleges rarely revoke admission for online offenses, but social media's role in the college admission process is a growing reality. WHAT RESEARCH SHOWSResearch from Kaplan Test Prep suggests online scrutiny of college applicants is increasing. Of 365 admissions officers surveyed, 35 percent said they check Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to learn more about applicants, according to a poll released in February. Kaplan Test Prep has conducted annual surveys on the subject since 2008, when 10 percent of admissions officials said they checked applicants' social media pages.MORE DO'S AND DON'TS The Princeton Review offers social media tips for college applicants, including "Google yourself" to see what turns up.
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