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Could Colleges Rescind Admission Offer If You Drop Some Senior-Year Classes?

CCEdit_TorreyCCEdit_Torrey 35 replies347 threads Editor
The Dean offers advice to a student who is considering dropping some classes during the spring semester of 12th grade. https://insights.collegeconfidential.com/can-i-drop-senior-classes
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9918 replies538 threads Senior Member
    I totally agree with the Dean’s advice on this question. The student is in danger of messing up his Fall college plans.

    To the student in question, understand that college is tough. You will work hard. Perhaps a good idea is to consider asking for a deferral once you’ve got your acceptances in hand. If you need a break, take a gap year and recharge. But find out first if your top choices post-acceptance will let you defer. Good luck.
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  • hs2020dadhs2020dad 189 replies5 threads Junior Member
    A related question: is it OK for students to make minor modifications to schedule?

    Specific example: student submitted apps with a "college course" listed for the spring session. This college course will not be on the HS transcript. In the college app It is listed under college X. After submitting the apps, student realized that he can take the same class at college Y for much lower fee. The fee diff is significant and student is planning to take the course at Y instead of stated X. Is it OK? or is it something to check with colleges. (note that this is for RD app - so there is no admission yet - if there is a need student has to talk to multiple colleges).
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80204 replies720 threads Senior Member
    Always inform and check with the college before making any change to in-progress or planned courses. Colleges do not like surprises on final transcripts received during the summer.

    The application portal may have a way of updating the application or communicating with the college on these matters.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1916 replies31 threads Senior Member
    edited January 7
    Such minor changes are almost always fine, but you still contact the school before making the change.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9918 replies538 threads Senior Member
    edited January 7
    @RichInPitt , dropping two classes isn’t a minor change, especially if one is an AP and the other an Honors. I doubt a college would mind if it was a non-academic elective such as wood shop, for example, but the student must okay it with the college first.
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  • XtremeBlaze777XtremeBlaze777 152 replies16 threads Junior Member
    @hs2020dad That is extremely minor. Unless there is a significant difference in the syllabus (review the topics covered in both courses), the student will still be taking the same rigorous class.
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  • alfredmalfredm 16 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Communication is key. I have a friend who dropped one of his AP classes in senior year and wrote a paragraph explaining why he dropped the class after receiving the decision.
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