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Party photos on Facebook can hurt college admissions

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) -- How clean is your Facebook page? Experts say students applying to college or job seekers need to be careful about what they put online.

You can think about Facebook as your online resume. Posting party pictures or other inappropriate content can be an college killer.

"Twenty-five percent of colleges actually do check Facebooks," according to Susan Morris, an independent college counselor with ICAN Consulting Group in La Jolla.

"If you have in your Facebook pictures holding a red solo cup, the entire world knows that is the international symbol for a party," said Morris.

So, what's the best way to clean up your Facebook page?

"You can either eliminate photos, or you can click on the privacy setting that would only enable your friends to see them," said Morris. "Even something as simple as lying out by a pool in a bikini; you don't want that on your Facebook page."

Remember, even if you set your page to private you can still be tagged in a photo by another user or friend.

Facebook offers privacy settings for tagging and timelines, but you have to enable them. The settings allow you review all tags and posts before they appear on your timeline.

"You don't want to have things on your Facebook page that say, ‘Wow, I just cheated and got an "A" on my physics exam.' All of that should go." Morris said.

Bottom line, if you don't want it out there, don't post it.

Morris recommends Google-ing your own name to see what comes up before applying for a job or college.

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