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Midyear Reports

BlindwheelBlindwheel 76 replies42 threads Junior Member
edited December 2013 in Harvard University
How does a school like Harvard weight midyear reports?

In reality, are they weighted equivalently with the rest of a transcript? More? Less?
edited December 2013
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  • SikorskySikorsky 5745 replies106 threads Senior Member
    They matter. After all, your senior-year classes most closely approximate the difficulty and complexity of college classes. (At least, they should.)

    OTOH, a strong mid-year report won't make up for an otherwise lackluster transcript or mediocre standardized test scores.
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  • matrixsurgeonmatrixsurgeon 827 replies16 threads Member
    every school in the country that values academics and school grades uses the midyear report as crazily important. Only if u are applying RD tho... because mid year report will have first semes grades and potentially FINAL class rank and basically the most up to date ur standing with ur classmates
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  • gibbygibby 10530 replies246 threads Senior Member
    Mid-year reports are one-half of your senior year's grades; they are part of your overall transcript. I imagine all college's recalculate your GPA when they receive your mid-year report grades. See: Calculate your high school gpa for college | PossibilityU
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  • BlindwheelBlindwheel 76 replies42 threads Junior Member
    Thank you, all! That is all extremely helpful information!

    I asked because I'm a student that has grades in-range for highly selective schools, but can see myself improving even more by midyear.

    Gibby, can you confirm that they recalculate the whole of an individual's GPA based on their midyear report? Do they focus their attentions on that updated standing rather than the previous GPA?
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  • gibbygibby 10530 replies246 threads Senior Member
    These days, with most college applications being electronic, it's very easy for a college to include a student's mid-year report grades into their overall GPA. So yes, I think that colleges recalculate GPA's after a mid-year report has been received.
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  • BlindwheelBlindwheel 76 replies42 threads Junior Member
    Thank you so much, again!
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  • BlindwheelBlindwheel 76 replies42 threads Junior Member
    One follow up question for anyone that might have an answer:

    Don't universities start reading regular decision applications as early as January? If that's the case, how can they take midyear reports (that often aren't released until February onwards) into account? Or am I safe to assume if a regular decision application doesn't have its midyear reports that a university won't begin reading it, yet?
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  • BlindwheelBlindwheel 76 replies42 threads Junior Member
    Bump? 10char
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  • gibbygibby 10530 replies246 threads Senior Member
    Admissions Officers need to start reading files are soon as they can to get through everyone's application. To do that, an Admissions Office usually waits until they have received your transcript, test scores and teacher recommendations before reading your file. Sub-committee members, which includes your Regional Admissions Officer, begin reading and start separating applications into piles of: clear admit, maybe, and clear reject. All those students that make it into the "clear admit" pile and some from the "maybe" pile will be brought before the entire Admissions Committee of about 40 people in March. By that time, everyone's mid-year report has been received. To get a better idea, on how Admissions works at Harvard, please see:The Harvard Crimson
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  • BlindwheelBlindwheel 76 replies42 threads Junior Member
    ^Incredibly helpful. Gibby, thank you again!
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