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Does attendance impact college admissions?

rykun97rykun97 Registered User Posts: 58 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 Registered User Posts: 2,118 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 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    10 absences is not bad they wont care.
  • halcyonheatherhalcyonheather Registered User Posts: 8,727 Senior Member
    Lord, I hope not. I missed 22 days last year.
  • Cens10Cens10 Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    Agree with halcyonheather lol I missed even more my freshman year D:
  • Sue22Sue22 Registered User Posts: 3,916 Senior Member
    The bigger question is what kind of impact repeated absences will have on your grades and recommendations.
  • DeblergDeblerg Registered User Posts: 458 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 Registered User Posts: 175 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 Registered User Posts: 2,922 Senior Member
    I've missed 7 days already this year, and only one was due to illness.
  • publicstaticvoidpublicstaticvoid Registered User Posts: 13 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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