Using Social Media Before & After You Finally Pick a College [VIDEO]

If you’re on the fence about choosing a college to attend, there is a secret ingredient to making your decision that you use every day and may be overlooking. Dean Tsouvalas, Editor-in-Chief of StudentAdvisor, recently appeared on the NECN Morning Show to discuss how social media can help you decide on a college:

How can students use social media to their advantage when deciding on a college?

Almost all colleges across the country are using some form of social media. It’s one of the best options that students can use when researching schools and making a final decision on the best fit for them.

What are some examples of how students can use social media in their college search?

You can monitor what schools are tweeting or chatting about; is it about crime or is it about a really great addition to the campus library? We’ve seen schools like Williams College set up designated Twitter chats their admitted students. But you don’t just stop at browsing through the official school accounts. You can find a person who attends the school who is using social media and communicate with them about your last minute questions and concerns.

You can search Twitter or Tumblr to see what current students are talking about on campus. We’ve seen tons of high school students reach out to college students at the schools they’re considering to ask them questions. More often than not they’re willing to help!

For those who have already decided on a college, how can they use social media for that scary next step?

Colleges are doing a lot to help incoming students make connections on social media before they even get to campus. One of the biggest concerns among incoming freshman is who their roommate(s) will be. Social media offers a unique advantage to chat with your roommate online prior to starting school. At Saint Mary’s College, one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges,  students used the entering class Facebook page to find potential roomies.

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