Kellogg | Mr. Chief Product Officer
GMAT 740, GPA 77.53% (First Class with Distinction, Dean's List Candidate)
Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Kellogg | Mr. Marketing Maven
GRE 325, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Vroom Vroom
GMAT 760, GPA 2.88
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3

The ‘Most Beautiful’ Business Schools


Survey: More College Admissions Officers Checking Applicants’ Digital Trails


Remember that night when you slammed 12 jell-o shots, stole a horse, and ended up vomiting…on the ceiling.

Of course, you don’t…by your admissions rep sure does!

Ah, Facebook. I can only imagine how many marriages, job offers, and extortion plots that site has ruined. And Twitter? Well, 140 characters provide just enough rope to hang yourself when you lose your temper. And nothing good ever comes from mixing an angry ex, a video camera, and a YouTube account. Question is, do prospective colleges weigh our lowest – and often most public – moments?

To quote noted historian Sarah Palin: “You bet’cha.”

According to a recent Kaplan Test Prep survey, 29 percent of college admissions officers surveyed admitted to Googling an applicant, while another 31 percent visited an applicant’s social networking site.  That’s a 300 percent increase over 2008, when 10 percent of admissions officers checking a candidate’s Facebook page. And it is an uptick from 2012 numbers, when 27 percent and 26 percent had used Google or Facebook respectively to evaluate a candidate.

Of course, these numbers were derived from 381 undergraduate and graduate admissions officers. So are MBA programs any different?

Not really.

According to US News and World Report, a 2012 Kaplan study of business school admissions officers showed that 32 percent used Google and another 27 percent visited social networking sites to learn more about applicants. Why would admissions dig into candidates’ personal lives? For one, applications often represent candidates at their best, with narratives, goals, and accomplishments smoothed and primed over various revisions, often with input from everyone from friends to consultants. On the other hand, social media often reflects the “real” candidate, warts and all.

Still accessing student social media is considered taboo in some corners of the admissions world. According to Jeff Olson, Vice President of Data Science for Kaplan Prep, “Schools are philosophically divided on whether an applicant’s digital trail is fair game, and the majority of admissions officers do not look beyond the submitted application. But our advice to students is to think first, Tweet later.”

And students are apparently taking this advice to heart. Kaplan also reports in its release of results that “22 percent (of students) had changed their searchable names on social media, 26% had untagged themselves from photos, and 12% had deleted their social media profiles altogether.”

In short, students are showing greater restraint on social media as the number of admissions officers reviewing their sites steadily creeps higher. Still, it only takes a weak moment (or bad taste) to potentially get tossed into the rejected pile. Applicants would be wise to heed the warning of Seppy Basili, Vice President of Kaplan Test Prep:

“Our advice to college applicants is to run themselves through online search engines on a regular basis to be aware of what information is available about them online, and know that what’s online is open to discovery and can impact them. Sometimes that impact is beneficial, if online searches turn up postings of sports scores, awards, public performances or news of something interesting they’ve undertaken. But digital footprints aren’t always clean, so students should maintain a healthy dose of caution, and definitely think before posting.”

Sources: Kaplan Test Prep , US News and World Report