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Get Accepted to Your Dream School? Don’t Slack off Now.

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Admission RescindedThe fat envelope has arrived and…you’re in! Savor your well-earned victory, but then —  get back to work. It’s sad but true…senioritis can wreck your chance of going to college.

If you read your letter of acceptance carefully, you’ll notice that it’s a conditional offer. The letter likely includes a phrase such as “You have been accepted, contingent on successful completion of high school.” That means that the college is still watching you, and they expect you to maintain the accomplishments and achievements on which they based their acceptance. Or else you could face having your admission rescinded.

It is not common to have your admission rescinded but it can happen. Some research has stated that between 20 and 35 percent of colleges report having rescinded an offer.

Don’t be in that minority. Here’s how to keep yourself in the clear:

  1. Watch your grades. You’ve been working diligently for so long that it can seem tempting to let the grades slide. But most colleges will request a final transcript, and can rescind the offer if they see a worrying drop in performance. In addition, many colleges have requirements that a student never receive a grade below a C – ever, in any class. And that includes second semester, senior year!
  2. Stay out of trouble. Busted by either your high school or the law? It’s no laughing matter. Schools can rescind their offers based on legal trouble, so think twice about that senior prank or celebratory beer.
  3. Keep your social media clear. Boasting about getting away with something on social media? It can come back to haunt you. Make sure that your social media posts are within the legal and ethical limits – and always double check what photos friends have posted and tagged you in.

There are reasons to stay focused on your school work other than worry over having admission recinded, of course. First and foremost, getting into college is just the beginning of your journey. The habits you build while still in high school will carry through college, where your performance will dictate your future. And, many of your college courses will build on what you learned in high school so it’s vital to stay on track.

As you enter your final semester, stay focused and finish strong. You’ll be glad you did!

7 Responses to Get Accepted to Your Dream School? Don’t Slack off Now.

  1. Alex August 4, 2016 at 8:09 PM #

    Acceptance is just the first step. Now all the fun comes – sleepless nights, tight deadlines and of course crazy parties 🙂

  2. Victor July 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM #

    Thanks for this great article. The first paragraph you said “Sad but true”, it looks like a Metallica song ha ha ha 🙂

  3. Scoopify June 28, 2016 at 2:03 AM #

    Thanks for sharing the very informative blog. I like the point that Social Media Activities should be legal and and ethical limits. Because most of the students don’t give attention toward Social Media Activities.

  4. Arthur May 9, 2016 at 1:32 AM #

    Hey Mandy,
    The social media reminder is very smart! I think most of us never notice that..Thanks for sharing.

  5. MOAHMMED May 4, 2016 at 5:47 AM #

    I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read on how to get into Harvard, or how many times I’ve consulted family members and teachers on what I need to do to get accepted there.

  6. Leighton March 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM #

    Thank you for posting about this! I see this happen to so many of the students I tutor. It’s important to encourage them to continue putting all of their effort into school until graduation day.

  7. Char Psych Stats Tutor September 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM #

    Good points, esp. regarding social media profiles. Work is Life is politics ~:-)

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