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When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

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Replies to: When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @fudgiewayne - Yes, you may lose your acceptance with those grades you cited, especially if you get a D. Read some of my other recent posts on this thread, such as #1527, to see how to be proactive with your admissions counselor.

    With attention to this now and stepped up effort, you should be able to save your place in the class. But keep in mind that most admission offices shut down for a week or so over Christmas and New Year’s. So you may not get a response promptly this week or next.

    Good luck!
  • Boeing777300Boeing777300 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone For a U.S. top 5 college (i.e. Ivy League), can you be rescinded for failing the IB diploma if you are a domestic student and IB grades do not count towards your high school transcript?
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @Boeing777300 - The admission officials will look at your IB exam scores in context. Since you are in a US high school, you will presumably receive grades in all of your IB classes at the end of the year that are independent of your IB exam results. So if those grades are strong, then your IB results will take a back seat and shouldn't affect your acceptance. BUT ... if you REALLY tanked your IB exams (i.e., you didn't just miss the diploma by a couple points but had very bad scores in several areas), then the admission officials will probably look further to see what was going on with you. In that case, you'll most likely get a warning letter asking you to explain what went awry. This still may not lead to a rescinded acceptance but you will need to provide some reasons for your poor performance.
  • StarguyStarguy Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone I was accepted into Stony Brook University this fall with a 3.8 gpa. I am concerned because my gpa has dropped to a 3.4 this semester. Would the university rescind my acceptance because of this?
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @Starguy -Unless you got a D in one of your classes, you don't have to worry about that dip in grades. Admission officials really do not like to see D's (or F's) on a senior's transcript, and you'll have a lot of explaining to do if you got one. Otherwise, you're fine.

    But don't slack off in your final semester because a steady downhill trajectory could work against you.
  • StarguyStarguy Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone Thanks. I'm actually not a senior in high school, I'm applying as a transfer student from Suffolk County Community College.
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @Starguy - Does SCCC have an agreement with Stony Brook that requires a specific GPA to transfer? If they do, then as long as you meet the requirement, you’re still fine despite the grade drop.
  • StarguyStarguy Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone Stony Brook requires all transfer applicants to have at least a 3.0 gpa.
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @Starguy-Then you're fine. But if you do have another semester to go before you transfer, be sure to stop the slide!
  • sr1991sr1991 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    My son got admission into Rutgers. One AP subject has F in 2nd marking period. All other subjects are, one B- and rest all A average. Just hired tutor for this failing subject. Hopefully he will work hard and get C average as a final grade in this subject. Does this F make his admission rescinded. Do we need to contact admission office at this time?
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @sr1991 -College folks are concerned with final grades, so if your son can pull that F to at least a C by the end of the year, he should be fine. You don't need to contact the admission office now, but do keep a record of everything your son is doing to improve (the tutor you mentioned, extra help from the teacher if offered, etc.).

    If his grade does not go up to a C by the end of the school year, he will want to be able to show Rutgers that it wasn't due to lack of effort. If your son is still failing this class (or getting a D) by the end of the third marking period (or second trimester), then it's time for him to contact Rutgers to warn them of the pending bad grade and to explain what he has done to try to succeed. albeit without the results he'd hoped for.

    Admission is usually rescinded on a case-by-case basis. So any student who can make a strong case that proves he or she wasn't slacking, will USUALLY be okay, even with a poor grade in one senior class.
  • klossyyklossyy Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Hi Sally. I have gotten into a couple schools and am waiting to hear back from a couple more. I have a 3.7 UW gpa (school does not weigh for AP classes and our scale is weird like an A/A+ is a 4.0 but an A- is a 3.7) and this past fall semester, I have gotten 5 A's but I will have 1 C in AP Calc. AP Calc is the hardest class I've taken because math isn't my strongest point and this is the first C I have ever gotten. The schools I have been accepted into include Tulane and Fordham, which aren't exactly like Stanford level. Should I be concerned about possibly getting rescinded?
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @klossyy -No worries with a C in AP Calc and an otherwise strong transcript. Keep plugging away so that you don't slip down to a D (and then potentially onto thinner ice) but with that one C you'll be fine.
  • klossyyklossyy Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Okay thank you so much! I've just been so stressed lately
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,977 Senior Member
    @klossyy-On behalf of my generation I apologize to yours for making the high school and college application experience so more stressful for you than it was for us. I'm glad that I can help relieve the pressure at least a tiny bit.
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