84% of colleges and universities now use Twitter to reach out to their students — that’s up from 0% in 2008-2009.  With LinkedIn, it went from 0% to 47% in the last two years.  There’s no doubt that social media is affecting the way schools reach out to students, and you can bet that students today have a different relationship with their institution than they had just a few years ago.

The infographic, produced by OnlineUniversities.com, also shows some staggering numbers.  Harvard has 1,281,596 likes on Facebook and 1.3 million views on YouTube!  Many schools are using social media in the classroom for class announcements and discussions.  Potential students have opportunities to reach out directly to a school via Twitter or a blog.

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