Name: Date: Period:
College Applicants, Beware: Your Facebook Page is Showing
By John Hechinger (Sept. 18, 2008)
1. Use the Look Up feature of MS
Word and define: vet, anonymity,
aspiring, exhibitionism, provost
2. Do colleges have the right to look at
the social-networking sites of
applicants? Why/why not?
3. The college application process for
you is a few years away. Why do
you think your teacher has
introduced this article to you now?
4. Were you already aware of this
trend? If so, where have you heard
5. New reports show what
percentage of admissions officers
acknowledged looking at social-
networking sites to evaluate
6. Do you think these are the only
colleges that actually look?
7. What percentage of colleges said
that what they saw “negatively
affected” their views of the
8. What percentage of colleges said
that what they saw improved
their views of the applicant?
9. Have any of the schools actually
rejected students because of the
material on these sites?
10. What types of schools were
11. “The vast majority of the
colleges surveyed had no policy
about when it was appropriate
for school officials to look at
perspective students’ social-
networking sites.” What does
this mean? Do you think this will
change in the future?
12. How many students are expected
to graduate high school this
13. Nora Ganim Barnes of University
of Massachusetts Dartmouth
found that what percentage of
colleges use social-networking
sites for recruiting prospects and
gathering information about
14. Under what conditions would
North Carolina State University in
Raleigh do an Internet search on
a prospective student?
15. Has Princeton University ever
rejected an applicant based on
information posted online?
16. How does Sandra Starke of State
University of New York at
Binghamton feel about this new
trend? Do you agree with her?
Explain your reasoning.
17. What did Scott Anderson of St.
George’s Independent School say
you should be thinking before
posting something online?
Summary: Write a summary of what you learned from the article. At least 5 sentences.