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When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

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  • mangotango1239mangotango1239 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Hi! I recently got accepted to tulane for the fall, and when I applied I had mostly As, a few Bs, and one C on my transcript. Now, I ended my first semester senior year with 2 Cs. This semester will most likely be pass or fail grades, but should I be worried about having my admission rescinded regarding my first semester grades and contact the school when they ask for my transcript, or should I not stress just yet? Thanks so much.
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert 3183 replies1122 threads CC Admissions Expert
    @mangotango1239 --You should be fine. If these were normal times, my best guess would be that Tulane might flag your final transcript and ask you to explain your two C's, although your acceptance would NOT be rescinded. But in today's very ABnormal times, I suspect that Tulane will do nothing.

    Certainly, if your C's were in second-semester classes, I'm sure that Tulane would barely notice because of the all the issues and inconsistencies surrounding online learning. However, because these are FIRST-semester C's, it might be wise of you to write to Tulane and explain why your grades dropped, IF you have a reason other than senioritis. But if you really don't have a decent reason, just leave it alone. Admission officials are worried about filling their classes these days when there's so much uncertainty about whether those classes will be taught in person or online, and when it's highly likely that some students who say, "Yes, I'm coming" now will say, "Never mind" in August. Although Tulane claims to have admitted its strongest-ever freshman class, and the enrollment deposits have flooded in, I do feel that admission folks--not just at Tulane but EVERYWHERE--are going to allow a lot of wiggle room this year when it comes to senior grades, so you need not worry (assuming, of course, that you won't be failing any class this spring).

    By the way, my son graduated from Tulane in 2019 and had a GREAT experience there. He chose Tulane over an Ivy League school and several other enticing options, and I know he'd pick Tulane again in a heartbeat if he had it to do all over again (and I bet he'd LOVE to do it all over again!).
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  • pierreboisseaupierreboisseau 4 replies2 threads New Member
    Hello! I was recently admitted into Macalester College for fall 2020. I accepted the offer and I'm now committed.

    I'm generally an A student, with several Bs and one C throughout my time in high school. However, this semester, I've made two Cs in my classes. Both were college level dual enrollment courses, so they will affect my GPA as if I made a B in a regular high school course.

    I do feel that because these were college level courses, making Cs doesn't look quite as bad, but this is still quite uncharacteristic relative to my transcripts considering I've only made one other C (in freshman year). When I read about colleges revoking offers, I get so much mixed information. Some people would say that I'm fine, and that colleges only do this in the case of multiple failed classes or a legal infraction. Some information is quite vague, though, implying that a college would certainly question a student with my record making two Cs.

    I guess I'm looking for reassurance more than anything. Am I in danger of having my offer revoked? If so, what steps should I take?

    Thanks!
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert 3183 replies1122 threads CC Admissions Expert
    @pierreboisseau -You're fine. Even in typical times, two C's in dual-enrollment classes probably wouldn't affect your acceptance at Macalester. But now, with all the COVID craziness and the switch to online learning, admission folks will be more flexible than ever when it comes to drops in grades.

    If you feel that your downturn in grades was likely the product of the confusion of taking your classes on Zoom (or via some other online format), then go ahead and email your admissions rep to explain, also pointing out that your C's will be viewed as B's by your high school. But I really don't see a pressing need for this, unless you'd feel more comfortable offering up the explanation. Admission folks are always happy to know that their accepted seniors aren't slacking, even when there's a drop in grades. So you might feel better if you do write, but--meanwhile--I really don't think you have to worry about losing your place in the class.
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  • umichstudenthelpumichstudenthelp 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Hey Ms. Sally!
    I committed to University of Michigan, but because of online learning this semester my grades have dropped significantly. I have received 2 C's in AP Macro and US History and a D in AP Literature. I have already emailed the admissions department explaining how I missed a significant amount of school in February and March, and that the pandemic had hit at such a time that I wasn't able to submit all my late work. I also explained a plan of action and how I intend to rectify this at the school, including planning out my day, as well as willing to meet with an admissions counselor once a month to prove how my grades won't decline. Based off this what are my chances of getting rescinded?
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert 3183 replies1122 threads CC Admissions Expert
    @umichstudenthelp - As I've said several times in this forum already, admission officials are likely to grant a lot more "wiggle room" for low grades this semester due to the pandemic and to all the changes and confusion it's spawned. BUT ... one red flag for me here is that you said that you weren't able to turn in late work because of it. I'm not clear on why this is so. Can't you submit work electronically at any time?

    If you'd gotten just the two C's, I'd tell you not to worry due to this spring's extra flexibility, but two C's AND a D could be a problem, especially if your explanation about the late work sounds suspicious to the admission folks. So please post again and explain in more detail why you couldn't submit your late work. (Perhaps your inability to turn in your work is related to the reason that you missed school in the first place and might account for it?)

    It's still likely that your acceptance will stand, even in spite of these plummeting grades, but I can't say that it will with as much conviction as I've had in other recent instances when students have asked about the impact of a couple of C's.
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  • umichstudenthelpumichstudenthelp 2 replies0 threads New Member
    edited May 8
    Hey Ms. Sally! The reason for my late work was in February and March where I had missed large amounts of school, and all the assignment up to that point had been paper assignments. I explained how it was partially my fault for a lack of time management, and gave an in depth explanation on how I have rectified and begun to fix the problem. I had intended to work with my teachers and my counselor to get a plan going for submitting my late assignments, however my school went on remote learning immediately after, which meant that quizzes and other such assignments I had to make up, I didn't have time too because my teacher would not let me take them online.
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert 3183 replies1122 threads CC Admissions Expert
    @umichstudenthelp -In a typical year, the college admission officers could be pretty unhappy about your downturn, but they're being really lenient this spring due to all of the pandemic-related upheaval, so I think you should be okay.

    It's wise that you already reached out to the admission office to explain your situation and your plans for staying on track. The college folks like it when students take responsibility for an academic downturn before the college has to start interrogating them about it. So, again, I think you'll be fine, but let us know what happens, and best of luck.
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  • sxqu125sxqu125 2 replies2 threads New Member
    edited May 11
    Hi @Sally_Rubenstone
    I am a senior who has committed to a college for Fall 2020. Last fall, when I was applying to colleges, I self-reported nearly all of my scores, but didn't report two of my scores (seeing as they were 3s). Though my college does not give any credit for APs, it is still asking students to send in official score reports for record keeping. Will I get rescinded for not disclosing those scores during admissions if I send the score report now?
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert 3183 replies1122 threads CC Admissions Expert
    @sxqu125 -AP scores are not a mandatory part of the admission process so you won't get in trouble for not submitting all your scores in the fall.

    You are entitled to send one "free" AP score report. However, this report will include ALL of your AP results. If you don't want the college folks to see the scores you didn't tell them about, you can chose to pay to have those scores withheld at ten bucks per score. See https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/score-reporting-services/withhold-scores

    However, if you were MY child, I'd tell you to save your money and send just the free report without withholding any scores because the college will not penalize you for not disclosing those 3's.
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  • roldanseanroldansean 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Hey Ms. @Sally_Rubenstone ,
    I'm a senior from NJ who was admitted (& committed) to Georgia Tech during the early action period. While my first semester grades were fine, my second semester (with the ongoing pandemic) has been really difficult. My mom lost her job just before the lockdown started and my father has had substantial pay cuts since he works in the hospitality industry. As a result, I've had to work part time (~ 5-6 hours/day) with food delivery services to help bring an additional income in.

    Due to all the stressful circumstances, I've had a lot of trouble focusing on things. I've struggled with mental health issues and anorexia throughout high school and this has just aggravated everything. Things have been getting a little better over the past few weeks with stimulus payments but my parents have started getting me help with tele-health counselors. The chances of me getting diagnosed with depression are quite high, but I really want to find a way out of this hole.

    On top of all this, my teachers have really not been forgiving in regards to the grading. Some of them are not accepting my assignments, even though my school has policy that we get to turn assignments in until May 28th. They are citing lack of communication, but don't realize how difficult these past two months have been for me. I've tried reaching out to my school counselor and a few school administrators about the issue but they have not gotten back to me yet. So, if nothing changes, my grades this semester are currently one D and two C's (no failing grades, and with the others being generally fine).

    I certainly believe that my situation will improve as I start getting help with mental health counselors. But, still, I am really worried if this still stands as grounds for getting rescinded from Georgia Tech. I wanted to get your advice on how I should deal with this situation.

    Thanks in advance.
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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert 3183 replies1122 threads CC Admissions Expert
    @roldansean -I'm sorry you're having such a tough time. Some teenagers are getting hit harder than others by this pandemic and you're one of them. But you're smart to be reaching out for advice.

    Admission officials are going to be more lenient than ever with drops in senior grades. But because your grades have dipped a lot this semester, I suggest that you email Georgia Tech now to explain your situation.. Direct your email to your regional admissions rep (if you know who that is) with a copy to the main admissions address. (If you can't find out who your regional rep is due to the admission office being closed, just send your message to the main admissions address and--if there are ANY admissions staff members you've already dealt with directly--copy them.)

    Your message should say almost exactly what you've said here, but I recommend a couple exceptions:

    --Don't mention your anorexia or mental health issues. Simply say that you're struggling because of your family's economic downturn, your added job hours--which are significant--and the difficulties you've had completing your classes online, including a lack of response from the school personnel you've contacted.

    Once you get to campus in the fall, you can check in with the health services to make sure you receive support for your mental health concerns, but there's no need to spur the admission folks to wonder if you're going to be ready for rigorous academics in a few months.

    -End on a positive note. Point out that your family situation has improved with the stimulus money and that you're seeing an online counselor to help you cope with the changes and stress. Emphasize that you view your downturn in grades as a temporary glitch brought on by the pandemic and its associated problems and pressures. But be sure to say that you feel you will be fully prepared to begin your college work in the fall. (Georgia Tech is currently claiming that classes will be held on campus.)

    These are very trying times, and many people who have never suffered from depression before are currently feeling its effects. So you are wise to be getting help and to be taking action concerning your second-semester grades rather than being an ostrich.

    Wishing better days ahead soon to you and your family.
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  • MotherHunterMotherHunter 4 replies0 threads New Member
    Hi, @Sally_Rubenstone !

    I got accepted to UCLA but I fear that I might get rescinded... When I compared my final transcript to the grades and courses I submitted to UCLA, I found out that 3 of my courses weren't on the UC App I filled out - a writing course for international students in freshman year (according to my counselor, it's not an A-G course and I got B for both semesters), and P.E. (sophomore year and first semester of senior year, and I got A for all three semesters). The reason was that I wasn't able to find these courses from the dropdown menu that the UC App provided when you are filling in courses and grades. I've reported these discrepancies to UCLA (currently awaiting responses), and I started to have anxiety attacks recently because of this... Would this really get me rescinded, or should I stop worrying about it?

    Thanks!

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  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert 3183 replies1122 threads CC Admissions Expert
    @MotherHunter ... Stop worrying about it!! :wink:

    While the UC folks can be fussy when courses listed on applications don't match those on final transcripts, the trouble usually comes when a student lists classes (especially hard ones) and then doesn't actually take them or takes a less rigorous version (e.g., after claiming to be in the AP or Honors section on the application, the student takes the regular section instead).

    You've already reported your small discrepancies, which was appropriate, but I promise that you won't lose your place in the class because of them.
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