High-school seniors already fretting about grades and test scores now have another worry, reports the Wall Street Journal: Will their Facebook or MySpace pages count against them in college admissions? A new survey of 500 top colleges found that 10 percent of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social-networking sites to evaluate applicants. Of those colleges making use of the online information, 38 percent said that what they saw "negatively affected" their views of the applicant. Only a quarter of the schools checking the sites said their views were improved, according to the survey by education company Kaplan, a unit of Washington Post Co. Some admissions officers said they had rejected students because of material on the sites. Jeff Olson, who heads research for Kaplan’s test-preparation division, says one university did so after the student gushed about the school while visiting the campus, then trashed it online. Kaplan promised anonymity to the colleges, of which 320 responded. The company surveyed schools with the most selective admissions. The vast majority of the colleges surveyed had no policy about when it was appropriate for school officials to look at prospective students’ social-networking sites. "We’re in the early stage of a new technology," Mr. Olson says. "It’s the Wild, Wild West. There are no clear boundaries or limits." The lack of rules is already provoking debate among admissions officers. Some maintain that applicants’ online data are public information that schools should vet to help protect the integrity of the institutions. Others say they are uncomfortable flipping through teenage Facebook pages…

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