[caption id="attachment_50540" align="alignleft" width="150"] In 2008, only 10 percent of colleges checked applicants' Facebook pages; now, one in four do.[/caption]

College applicants shouldn’t shut down their various social media accounts, experts said, but they should heavily edit their online comments, photos, and videos, as thousands of applications were marred last year by scandalous Facebook and Twitter activity.

It’s no secret that college and university admissions officers run semi-frequent social media checks of prospective students, but the practice has turned increasingly dismal for students who failed, in one way or another, to exercise Facebook,...

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