06/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Change Your Facebook Name, Get Into College

To the list of the typical high school rites of passage -- first crush, first kiss, first pimple -- technology may be adding a ritual: changing your name.

For high school students concerned with college acceptance, Facebook presents a challenge. It encourages making public every thought and every photo, an opportunity for posturing and bravado nearly irresistible to teenagers. But this impulse for display clashes with the need to appear circumspect and presentable to college admissions agents, who some high school guidance counselors have warned are likely vetting applicants by trolling the Web.