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When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

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  • handmadeheavenhandmadeheaven 4 replies0 threads New Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone
    Thanks for the confirmation. My counselor knows about the the situation and I will have a more in-depth conversation with her soon to discuss in greater detail what to do if Dartmouth contacts her.
    One last question: Should I tell the counselor to inform Dartmouth of the wacky curving, or just about the situation the weekend before?
    Thank you!!!
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone 3064 replies1114 threadsCC Admissions Expert Senior Member
    @handmadeheaven -The counselor should tell Dartmouth about BOTH the curving and the other situation. However, she should report the curving issue very succinctly ... basically suggesting that the teacher is a harsh grader.
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  • handmadeheavenhandmadeheaven 4 replies0 threads New Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone - Sounds good, thank you!
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  • allyphoeallyphoe 2488 replies60 threads Senior Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone

    My kid is expecting an ED1 decision in two weeks. On her application and during her interview, she disclosed that she planned to drop one AP class after the first semester, replacing it with either TAing, dual enrollment, or a paid internship. Her high school won't permit a free period even if you've met graduation requirements, so those are the options available to her.

    A long-standing (undisclosed to the college) chronic health issue has flared up recently, and today her doctor recommended also dropping a second AP class at semester. Doctor has no concerns about kid being successful with a typical college course load 8-9 months from now.

    That would leave her with 3 AP classes (Lit, Chem, BC Calc), honors orchestra, TAing for a foreign language teacher (would appear as a credit on her transcript - she had AP foreign language last year and the school doesn't offer a post-AP year), and 5-10 hours a week of paid internship (might appear on her transcript, depending on how it's set up through the school).

    The ED school is probably a match for her (~50% ED acceptance rate, kid's 9-11th grades and test scores are >75th percentile). First semester senior grades are not looking great, so not being deferred to RD would be ideal.

    How much, if any, of this should she disclose to the college before ED decisions come out? How much after ED decisions and before the next semester starts? My gut feelings are nothing before and everything after.
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone 3064 replies1114 threadsCC Admissions Expert Senior Member
    @allyphoe--Sorry to hear about the medical concerns that are complicating an already complicated process. Obviously, your daughter MUST disclose her schedule change (IF she definitely drops the second AP class). So the questions are:

    -Should she disclose NOW (before the ED verdict has been handed down)?

    -Should she disclose AFTER she gets her ED news?

    and also ...

    -Can she hang on without dropping that second AP class at all?

    While, of course, it's not required that your daughter disclose her medical situation to her colleges, IF she tells her ED school NOW that she will be dropping a second AP class, then she would be wise to provide an explanation (as you already realize). However, my best guess is that, if she discloses NOW, the college will defer or even deny her. Her disclosure will raise concerns that she may not be ready to tackle a college curriculum next fall (despite any assurances you might provide from her doctor) and the college folks will want more time to see how she fares over the next few months ... especially because you've said her fall grades aren't great.

    BUT ... if she were to get admitted via ED in December and THEN she discloses the schedule change in January (which she MUST do),there's a solid chance that the college will rescind her acceptance with concerns that she won't be ready for a full load in the fall. Granted, the college folks won't want to get into hot water for discriminating against an applicant with a medical disability. But, even so, I think they might rescind the acceptance anyway based on the schedule change. (Although they will already know about the first dropped AP class when they make their decision, it's the second dropped AP that could be the deal-breaker.) On the other hand, what will work in her favor is that she will still be in three demanding AP's, even with the schedule change. In addition, colleges really hate to dump a committed candidate unless there are very compelling reasons to do so, which don't truly exist in this case.

    In any case, whether your daughter discloses now or in January, she needs to be prepared to apply to other colleges in case she is deferred or denied ED or in case she's accepted and then the acceptance is revoked.

    Because your doctor is convinced that. by September, your daughter will be fully ready for college life, MY vote would be for her to NOT tell her ED college NOW about a second dropped AP. Then, IF your daughter is accepted to the ED college, she should stick with that AP and drop something ELSE ... whether it's orchestra, the internship, or an extracurricular activity. She should be able to use the doctor's support to allow an open period in her school day, even if the school normally doesn't permit this. You can also engage a tutor for one or more of her AP classes to help her stay on track, especially if she ends up missing school due to her illness. She can also talk to all of her teachers about her medical situation, with the hope that at least a couple of them will go easy on her if she has to take time off or if she falls behind.

    If your daughter does drop orchestra, the internship, etc. for medical reasons, she'll still have to notify her ED school, but the change shouldn't be significant, the way it could be if she drops a second AP.

    A similar plan (and one I also endorse) would be this:

    If your daughter is accepted ED, she can then contact her admission rep and ask what the consequences would be IF she were to drop the second AP, explaining that it's for medical reasons but that she also has a doctor supporting her readiness for college next fall. Then, if the admission official says, "We will have to revisit your acceptance if you drop this class," she can decide NOT to drop if, if she thinks she can handle it. But if the admission rep says, "You're already in three tough AP's, so we can let this slide," then she'll be able to drop the second AP without worries.

    If, however, your daughter is not admitted to her ED school, and if you feel that sticking with that second AP will be too much for her, then she should go ahead and drop it. She will be applying to additional colleges anyway, so she just needs to be sure that her list isn't rife with those hyper-selective places that are looking for an AP-intensive schedule. As noted above, with AP Lit, chem, and BC Calc on the docket, your daughter's schedule will still show significant rigor.

    Bottom line: Wait for the ED verdict to arrive before making any moves ---or final decisions about course changes. Then, if the ED news is good, talk to the ED college right away about the repercussions of dropping that second AP. If the admission officials suggest that dropping the second AP could lead to a rescinded acceptance, then your daughter can strongly consider making OTHER changes (besides dropping the second AP) to accommodate her medical needs.

    But if dropping that second AP seems to be the only medically sound recourse, then disclose the plan AFTER the ED verdict, but with the understanding that an acceptance MIGHT be rescinded if the change it made.

    Good luck! Let us know how it all worked out.
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