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Does attendance impact college admissions?

rykun97rykun97 Posts: 58Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in High School Life
I'm only a freshman, so it's not like I'm worrying a lot about college yet, just trying to get good grades and get involved. I'm curious though as to whether being absent can affect your college admissions. I'm usually absent about 10/180 days a year, and most of the time I'm not sick. Is that bad?
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Replies to: Does attendance impact college admissions?

  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    Depends...if you're habitually absent for an invalid reason (e.g. ditching) then it might affect your college admissions. 10 out of 180 in a year isn't that bad...I missed more primarily due to competitions, out of town, occasionally sick, other reasons.
  • PastRockefellerPastRockefeller Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    10 absences is not bad they wont care.
  • halcyonheatherhalcyonheather Posts: 8,541Registered User Senior Member
    Lord, I hope not. I missed 22 days last year.
  • Cens10Cens10 Posts: 732Registered User Member
    Agree with halcyonheather lol I missed even more my freshman year D:
  • Sue22Sue22 Posts: 3,736Registered User Senior Member
    The bigger question is what kind of impact repeated absences will have on your grades and recommendations.
  • DeblergDeblerg Posts: 458Registered User Member
    I don't think colleges even see absences...that being said being absent a lot for no good reason (ie not being sick/on a field trip, etc) will affect your grade and may give teachers a bad impression of you, which will of course affect your recommendation (and that will definitely have a bad effect on your apps).

    conclusion, go to school unless you are contagiously ill or have a field trip. I know parents can sometimes be cavalier about scheduling doctor's appointments/trips during school, but try to tell them not to. Teachers definitely notice/appreciate someone with good attendance, which will translate into good recommendations.
  • lbouchardlbouchard Posts: 175Registered User Junior Member
    I'm usually not absent(probably twice a year)...but I'm tardy a lot, which fortunately don't show up on anything.
  • UKgirl23UKgirl23 Posts: 2,922Registered User Senior Member
    I've missed 7 days already this year, and only one was due to illness.
  • publicstaticvoidpublicstaticvoid Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    Check with your school for its absence policies. Usually schools allow up to a certain number of excused absences and as long as you stay within that range, there won't be an issue. At my school, students lose credit for all their classes if they miss more than two weeks of school per semester without a valid reason(ex: medical conditions).
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