LinkedIn University Pages will allow teens 14-18 years old to sign up for the social service in the United States, with children as young as 13 able to join in other countries. Its aim is to help students figure out what they want to be and where they want to go to college. From the company’s blog post announcing the change:
We believe University Pages will be especially valuable for students making their first big decision, about where to attend college. Therefore, beginning on September 12, we will be making LinkedIn available to high school students who can use LinkedIn to explore schools worldwide, greatly expand their understanding of the careers available, and get a head start on building a network of family and friends to help guide them at every milestone.
It’s certainly a shrewd move for LinkedIn; get ’em while they’re young. Maybe in the future, applying for college will be a matter of pointing and clicking. LinkedIn can skim a percentage of the application fee.