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  • Re: When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

    @milky99 and @futuremaroon0998 -You will both be fine. Just make sure you pay attention down the home stretch so that your grades don't slip anymore.
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  • Re: When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

    @beepybeetle -I can't speak for every college but I doubt you'd be rescinded for 3B's and 5A's in mostly AP classes. And I would certainly be furious if you were. No wonder high school students are so stressed! In MY day, when most folks didn't take AP classes at all (we're talking mid-1960s), 3B's and 5A's in a rigorous program would be considered quite fine. So let me know if you have any problem at Brown so I can complain publicly.
  • Re: When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

    @StressedaboutUVA -You'll have to ask your counselor what's on the final transcript at your school. Most final transcripts do not show absences but different high schools have different policies so yours might.

    And I don't see your slip in grades as being severe enough to warrant reaching out to the admission officials. However, if you have a SIGNIFICANT reason to explain your downturn, it's worth sharing with the college folks. If you have a reason but you're not sure if it counts as "significant," post it here or send it directly to me.
  • Re: When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

    @sdwm-As a mother myself, I feel your pain. When many of us parents hear stories like yours, we think, "There but for the grace of God go I." And many admission officials are also parents. Most--although not all--are willing to differentiate between a typical teenage screw-up (like a misdemeanor marijuana charge) and a more serious violation that might impugn a student's character (cheating, hate crimes) or potentially endanger others on campus (weapons charges, threats against the high school or school mates,etc.).

    I cannot speak for the admission officials at UNC-Greensboro, but my best guess is that if your son writes the reflective letter you describe, his chances of being able to enroll in the fall are very good. His letter should clearly acknowledge his guilt and not try to minimize his offense or put it on someone else ("It was only a little joint and I was mostly just holding it for Jason ...").

    If UNC wants to rescind his acceptance (which, as I said, seems unlikely under the circumstances), he can also try to make a counter-proposal such as starting the school year on probation or undertaking a significant community-service project over the summer. He could also propose a gap year with matriculation in fall 2018. I have rarely seen a student who didn't benefit from a well-planned, constructive year off.

    It can't hurt to take the same approach with Belmont. However, Belmont is a conservative university so the response there might not reflect what the majority of other colleges would decide.

    Whatever happens, you should rest assured that this youthful mistake will not "cost him everything." As I said above, admission officials at the majority of colleges would give your son another chance. So if he should strike out at both Belmont and UNC-Greensboro this spring, he can take that gap year and then reapply to colleges that won't penalize him for his error. It might be one of those silver-lining situations where he actually learns and matures and ultimately ends up at a place that is an even better fit for him than the two current options.

    If it does come to that (which it probably won't), send me a Private Message and I'll give you some thoughts on identifying post-gap-year options.