Part 3: College Admissions Through The Social Media Looking Glass

by Marianne Richmond on April 30, 2009

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As every family in America who has a college senior with an acceptance letter knows, tomorrow, May 1, is the day that deposits are due. I am relieved and happy to report that our check to Carnegie Mellon University is on the way.

A few minutes ago Campus Bound, who describe themselves as professional college counselors Tweeted a reminder of the date and asked if anyone was planning on flipping a coin.

cbThe colleges themselves are also Tweeting reminders and offering help.  Johns Hopkins suggests that if you are undecided that you contact Admissions_Daniel,a blog. The New York Institute of Technology provides a date reminder and a phone number for questions. Hopefully the phone number accepts text messages. The University of Illinois reminds and links to an “accept” site where they note that the only thing they are missing is “you.”

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And Carnegie Mellon University? Yes, they are reminding and inviting enrolled Twitterers to #CMClassod2013 and there are several Facebook groups. And speaking of Facebook, that is the place where my son has been connecting with his future classmates and the source of most information regarding those yet to be determined decisions such as housing.

So, in answer to my original question back in Part 1, is social media adding value to the college admissions process? Yes! It is my observation that my son (and of course I will reiterate my “sample size of one” disclaimer) already feels connected to the CMU community through Facebook. Although he is not using Twitter (which I believe has a lot more to do with his perception that it’s a place where his mom is) he has been interested in hearing what I have “heard” on Twitter and would guess that he may just check out #CMClass2013.

I have sent links to both of my sons about the fascinating work that Priya Narasimhan has Tweeted about and I think these kinds of social media doors and windows will continue to add a personal depth and access to the college admissions process that just has not been possible in the past.

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