Students, be careful what you post about yourself online: That's the key lesson taken from a recent survey suggesting that many college admissions officers are looking at students' online profiles before they make their final decisions.

About a quarter of the colleges and universities polled in a recent survey by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) said their admissions officers research prospective students' social-networking profiles before extending admission or scholarships. That means a Facebook picture from a weekend party might cost a student a spot on a premier campus.

NACAC released the results of its study last month, documenting how...

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