As application season presses on full speed ahead, many of my students are starting to feel the effects of how much is on their plates. From homework to college applications and everything in between, the fall of senior year is truly no joke.
It’s not all that uncommon for this pressure of senior year to catch up to students, and, as a result, their grades often take a hit.
“But it’s okay if my grades slip a little as a senior, right? Colleges are only seeing my grades through junior year on my applications, so how I do in my senior year won’t even matter.”
NO! Wrong, wrong, wrong!
While your acceptance may hinge just on your grades through junior year, your senior year grades will ultimately determine if you are able to keep your spot.
Colleges have the absolute power to rescind your admission if you let your grades slide throughout your senior year. A slight decrease likely won’t have much of an impact, but if you are suddenly dropping full letter grades in classes that you’d otherwise been doing fairly well in throughout high school, colleges will notice.
After graduation, long after you’ve considered your offers and have chosen a school, your high school will be sending your final transcript to the college you’ve chosen to attend. If you’ve fallen victim to senioritis and your GPA has dropped significantly since you received your acceptance letter, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be fielding some phone calls from your admissions counselor over the summer asking you what in the world is going on.
In some cases, an explanation will suffice and a college will give you a second chance if you have a good excuse for the slip. But in most cases, you’re sending a message to the college that maybe you’re not the student you said you were. If that’s you, you’ll likely find your acceptance taken back as quickly as it was offered.
Do not let this happen to you! I remind my students all throughout senior year that just because your dream school has recognized your achievements thus far and has offered you admission, this doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear.
Similarly, don’t think that you can slide by with an easy schedule in your senior year, either. Continue pushing yourself so that you can prove to a college that you’re up for the rigor of your first year on campus. Do yourself a favor and use senior year as a bridge to college—keep your mind sharp, and your college self will thank you for it!
Until Next Time,
Molly Money, College Dream Builder Consultant