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Survey reveals 40% of admissions officers check social media pages

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College admissions officers are watching students' footprints online.

A Kaplan Test Prep survey found 40-percent of college admissions officers are searching social media pages of candidates to learn more about them.

The percentage of those checking profiles is four times as many as in 2008. 

Admissions officers say they visit profiles to look into students' extracurricular activities, awards, criminal history or reported inappropriate behavior.

In addition, the survey revealed that 37-percent of admissions officers say what they see on social media pages has positively impacted a person's application. The same percentage says it had a negative impact. 

Kaplan surveyed 387 admissions officers from top colleges around the nation in 2015.