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 Or else you could face having your admission rescinded.
It is not common to have your admission rescinded but it can happen. Some research has stated that between 20 and 35 percent of colleges report having rescinded an offer.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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!