High school students trying to figure out what college to attend now have a new resource to turn to for additional information. According to a blog post today on the Official LinkedIn Blog, the social network is rolling out University Pages.
Starting Sept. 12, high school students will be able to create accounts on LinkedIn to allow them to view these pages and create their own profiles.
According to the post, so far, 200 universities have launched pages. These schools include INSEAD in France, New York University, University of California San Diego, Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil, University of Michigan, Villanova University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, thousands more schools will be granted access to their University Pages over the next few weeks, according to the Mountain View, Calif.-based social network.
The pages look like this:
University Pages on LinkedIn allow schools to send out campus news and information about activities, ask questions, and engage with future and current students, as well as alumni.
University Pages also:
• Allow users to specify whether they’re alumni, a current student, or a faculty or staff member;
• Show where alumni live, where they work and what their professions are;
• Let colleges and universities create LinkedIn Groups; and
• Provide links to similar schools.
In addition to these features, high school students will be able to connect on LinkedIn with current students, alumni, faculty and staff of universities they want to attend. And the ability to create a LinkedIn profile will allow these students to showcase their backgrounds for colleges they want to attend, as well as future employers.