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Blogging: New Criteria For College Admissions?

If only blogging was as cool as it is now when I was in college...but then again, who knows how much studying I would have done! A recent USA Today article suggests that more universities are joining a growing trend of posting "an interactive online diary and several other unfiltered student blogs directly on their homepages as a recruiting tool." What universities are hoping for, is that prospective students can get a true glimpse of campus life from other students blogging about it. Rather than just visiting links related to admissions, courses, and athletics, potential students can check out other students' opinions and thoughts pertaining to the University.
What do you think about this? A good way to help high school students pick prospective schools? Or a tad too much Girls Gone Wild for your liking?

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clbailey1 clbailey1 9 years
It might be a good way to get the student perspective rather that the school marketing department's perspective...
GIOVS GIOVS 9 years
it´s perfecto for new generations
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I'm sure they'd filter out the negative stuff, so I don't really care about this. It sounds like a way to get free advertising for the school.
catstarr catstarr 9 years
I know incoming freshmen and prospects come in to UCD's livejournal community to get an idea of what Davis is like and it's such a rude misrepresentation.
precious-p precious-p 9 years
my alma mater has been doing this for a couple of years and i think it's "cute." but JessNess makes a great point... i'm not sure how "accurate" their blogs are. i would think the university screens all of the entries. (i know when i was a freshman i was going to frat parties! not the greatest recruitment tool.) i think kids these days expect to read a blog about life at the university they are looking to attend, and if there isn't an official blog, then they are going to look to an unofficial blog that may say gosh-knows-what.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
It's a good idea and could work if it's done right.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
ummmmmmmm I would say no. Sometimes kids like to make the going ons on campus seem bigger then they actually are. Take my school for instance- UC Santa Barbara- a NOTORIOUS party school. Everybody thinks that if you go to UCSB you are a big partier. However that is only a tiny aspect and easily avoidable. This reputation completely overshadows some of the great academic aspects of the school. People love to talk about the party side of the school. Plus no matter how "unfiltered" the college wants to make the blog they are going to censor it in some way to make the school look good Personally I feel that you cant get the vibe of the campus unless you actually visit it. I thought I would like UCLA but as soon as I arrived there just nothing but bad vibes
JessNess JessNess 9 years
ummmmmmmm I would say no. Sometimes kids like to make the going ons on campus seem bigger then they actually are. Take my school for instance- UC Santa Barbara- a NOTORIOUS party school. Everybody thinks that if you go to UCSB you are a big partier. However that is only a tiny aspect and easily avoidable. This reputation completely overshadows some of the great academic aspects of the school. People love to talk about the party side of the school. Plus no matter how "unfiltered" the college wants to make the blog they are going to censor it in some way to make the school look goodPersonally I feel that you cant get the vibe of the campus unless you actually visit it. I thought I would like UCLA but as soon as I arrived there just nothing but bad vibes
cutelilbunny cutelilbunny 9 years
This is a great idea! While admission information, and course calendars provide valuable information, as a student, I'd prefer to read about what REALLY goes on on campus, as well as getting a feel for life as a student at the particular university. It would greatly help me in making a decision on where to go.
SU3 SU3 9 years
I think it's a good idea. The links to admissions, athletics, courses... never really helped me. I always like hearing from other students about their experiences anyway.
SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 9 years
I also wish they utilzed blogs "back in the day". It's about time technology takes over lol
leigha926 leigha926 9 years
i think it sounds great...i wish i'd had this resource when i was choosing a school.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I think it's a pretty neat tool. I think it would be cool to see a real student's experience, not one just found for marketing purposes. I also applied for a scholarship a couple of months back where you had to post a blog on a certain site on why you wanted said scholarship.
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