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When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?


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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone 3142 replies1117 threadsCC Admissions Expert CC Admissions Expert
    @HHuntforCollege -First of all, my condolences to you on the imminent loss of your mother. I'm sure that this is a very sad and stressful time for your family and is understandably taking a toll on your daughter's schoolwork.

    Regarding her struggles in AP Environmental Studies, you are wise when you suggest that she should speak to her counselor and ask for advice on how to approach the teacher. I can almost guarantee you, however, that the counselor will ask her, "Have you even TRIED to talk to the teacher?" So your daughter should actually do this first. If she's uncomfortable approaching this teacher quietly before or after class, she could begin with an email asking for a short meeting at the teacher's convenience. If the teacher says no to the meeting (or disregards the message entirely), at least your daughter will have tangible proof that she made an attempt to discuss her problem with the teacher. Of course, she should be sure to save that email and to also keep a written record of ALL efforts she made to improve in this class, including meetings with the counselor, tutoring (by a peer or a pro, if she resorts to that), etc.

    If the teacher does agree to a meeting, your daughter can then explain that she's struggling in the class and that her success there has been hampered by set-backs such as the illnesses and other situations you described, especially the pending loss of her grandma. However, the emphasis in this meeting should be on asking the teacher for recommendations on how your daughter can do better in the class and not on making excuses for what's already transpired.

    If the teacher does NOT meet with your daughter or if the meeting doesn't produce any fruitful results, then it's time for your daughter to talk to her school counselor, and she can begin by explaining that she's already reached out to the teacher. If the counselor doesn't seem to have any helpful thoughts, your daughter can ask if it might be wise to set up a meeting with the department head who oversees the Env Science teacher (and hopefully this teacher is NOT the department head).

    Your daughter's goal should be to not only improve her grade (if possible) but also to compile documentation of all efforts she made to stay afloat in this class. So if she can't improve her grade, she CAN convince admission officials that she wasn't slacking and that she took numerous measures to do well.

    If your daughter ends up with a "C" (or even a C-) in Env Science, it will not likely lead to rescinded acceptances, although it would still be prudent for her to make a "pre-emptive strike" by emailing the admission office at the college she has decided to attend and explain the difficulties she had in the class and the many stresses on her during this spring semester.

    If she finishes with a "D," there MIGHT be repercussions, so it's even MORE important that she contact the admission office at her intended college to explain the circumstances. BEFORE her final transcript arrives in the admission office. Ideally, her guidance counselor will also email the admission office to corroborate your daughter's explanation and emphasize that she wasn't slacking.

    I know you've got a lot on your plate right now, but it would be helpful if you can continue to monitor this situation (and I suspect that you will) to make sure that your daughter does promptly attempt to meet with the teacher and then with her counselor (if the teacher meeting was unproductive ... or non-existent).

    Best wishes to you as you navigate the tough time ahead with your mom, and do take some solace in the fact that, whatever happens with this class, you will look back on it before long and realize that, although it doesn't feel this way right now, it will look like small stuff when it's in the rear view mirror.

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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone 3142 replies1117 threadsCC Admissions Expert CC Admissions Expert
    @HHuntforCollege ...


    Your daughter will have to choose a college by May 1. It's possible that she will know before then if her Env Science grade is down in "D" territory rather than at a "C" or above.

    If she does feel that a D is looming, she might want to email her regional admissions reps at her top 3 or even 4 colleges and explain the situation and ask if a potential D will lead to a rescinded acceptance.

    If a couple of the colleges respond with a "No" or a "Probably not" while a couple more say, "Possible," this might affect where your daughter decides to commit on May 1.

    But do be warned that the most probable answer she'll receive will be along the lines of, "We will need to see your AP Env Sci grade in the context of your final transcript, and we will thoroughly review your entire application before making a decision."

    Thus sending these emails might pay off or it might just induce further purgatory. :( Even so, it's a measure that I advise your student to take if she knows before May that she is likely to end up with a D.
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  • HHuntforCollegeHHuntforCollege 43 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @Sally_Rubenstone Thanks so much, this is the plan of attack we were really planning. When we started talking about it yesterday she didn't really think it mattered because its not a grad requirement, so I pulled up some of the colleges that she had been accepted to showed her the importance. She'll have her mid-semester grade by spring break which starts March 15, so that will give us a good time to make some decisions.

    Thanks again.
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  • zml136zml136 5 replies1 threads New Member
    I recently got admitted to UNC. I’ve gotten all As and one B in an AP class. First semester I took Calc AB and ended with a 79. I’m in BC now I have a tutor and still am struggling. I got all As along with that 79 and I’m worried I will finish with a C in BC as well. I’m very worried in being rescinded can someone give me some advice?
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone 3142 replies1117 threadsCC Admissions Expert CC Admissions Expert
    @zml136 -Your UNC acceptance won't be rescinded with strong grades except for one C in a tough class. Even so, if you get to the end of the semester and have learned that you'll definitely be getting a C in AP Calc, you can write to your admission rep (the staff member who oversees applicants from your high school) and explain that you were struggling in that class and even sought out tutoring but you still weren't able to earn a better grade. The admission officials will appreciate the fact that you weren't slacking, so it's wise to alert them, but you really don't have to worry about losing your place in the freshman class.
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  • sacevossacevos 16 replies0 threads New Member
    Wow that's scary that they can do that!
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  • RoseBud44RoseBud44 15 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited February 19
    My physical therapist's assistant was accepted to UCLA. She said she had a rough time in English and received a D her final semester. They made their deposits, paid for housing, she got an invite to an overnight orientation and the second day while eating in the cafe on campus she got a call that her admission was revoked. She said, she couldn't believe that she was THERE and ready and her family, friends, etc knew about her going there in the fall and how could they drop her?

    Her parents went with a lawyer and in the end, she got refunds and did not attend. It was so late, that she had to piece together a schedule from a couple of community colleges that fall. Second-semester, CSULB let her know they had an opening under the requirement that she live on campus.

    She ended up being very happy there, but she said it was the worst day of her life getting that call. Even as she was talking about it we both teared up. She said that was a LOT of at 18 year old to handle on her own.
    edited February 19
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone 3142 replies1117 threadsCC Admissions Expert CC Admissions Expert
    @RoseBud44 -That's a very tough situation for anyone, especially a teenager. BUT ... the UC schools are VERY clear that acceptances will be rescinded for any senior grade below a C. Students are not even permitted to make up low grades in summer school before matriculating.

    Because I write the College Confidential "Ask the Dean" column, I hear from a lot of high school seniors with UC acceptance who know this policy but are freaking out because they are getting a D or F in a senor class.

    Those who are proactive can SOMETIMES avoid a rescinded acceptance by explaining extenuating circumstances that led to the low grade. For instance, if your PT's assistant was having a rough time in English because it's not her first language yet she had been erroneously put in a class that was too rigorous for her, she might have been able to hang onto her place at UCLA, but she would have had to lobby hard for this.

    And, of course, knowing how to approach an appeal can be difficult for an 18-year-old, particularly those who are the first in their families to go to college.

    Moreover, many public high schools don't have enough school counselors to guide students through the entire college process, including dealing with situations like this one. If student/counselor ratios were more reasonable (and if there were more great counselors around), then fewer students would end up in the straits that this one did.

    I'm glad, however, that she was happy at CSULB. Oddly enough, this crazy process often does wind up in a "meant to be" way, even if it doesn't always seem like it will!
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