Admissions office not using Facebook or MySpace

Good news for high school Facebook and MySpace users looking to attend GW: The University’s Office of Admissions does not monitor social networking profiles to decide admission into the University, the executive dean for undergraduate admissions said last week.

Test preparation company Kaplan, Inc. released results from a study last month that said one in 10 admissions officers surveyed admitted to using applicants’ social networking profiles as a part of the decision-making process. But at GW, Facebook and MySpace profiles are off-limits for the Office of Admissions, said Kathryn Napper, executive dean for undergraduate admissions.

“With regards to Facebook and MySpace, we do not view applicant pages nor have we used either of these social networks in reviewing applications for admission,” she said.

Since there are many applications sent to the Office of Admissions every fall, Napper said it would be nearly impossible to review the social networking profiles of every applicant.

She added, “With nearly 20,000 applications, we need to focus our attention on those documents and credentials that are required for admission.”

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