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What causes Harvard to rescind your offer?

curioussgeorgeecurioussgeorgee Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
If you drop half your classes due to a documented illness that caused lots of missed school, cognitive issues, and sickness after getting admitted early to Harvard, can they rescind your acceptance?

Replies to: What causes Harvard to rescind your offer?

  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,654 Forum Champion
    Contact Harvard admissions directly and ask. Nobody here can answer with any degree of certainty.
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,671 Senior Member
    edited March 6
    @curioussgeorgee: I would have your school guidance counselor or principal call Admissions and explain the situation to an AO and see what they say. FWIW: The people who work in Admissions offices consider high school teachers, guidance counselors and principals their peers and will always take the word of "a responsible adult in the room." As dropping half your classes is a VERY serious issue -- and the reasons would need to be corroborated with your GC anyway -- it would be better if an adult in a supervisory capacity at your high school raises the issue on your behalf.
  • vpa2019vpa2019 Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    Will your situation affect your standing to graduate?
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,671 Senior Member
    edited March 6
    ^^ Even if the OP's situation does NOT effect their standing to graduate, SCEA acceptance is based upon a student completing the senior year courses they said they were taking when filling out the Common Application. An accepted SCEA student can't walk away from half their senior year classes and not expect Harvard to question what happened.
  • curioussgeorgeecurioussgeorgee Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I am aware they would question it. But I'm asking if the answer of having a real sickness is sufficient. To me I don't see how they could rescind an offer based on what has technically caused a student a legitimate, diagnosed disability. But I'm not sure how this works. Thoughts?
  • curioussgeorgeecurioussgeorgee Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    No and the student will still be graduating with 5 years of all subjects except for 3.5 years of Spanish.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 8,735 Senior Member
    You might be asked to defer for a year until all hs requirements are met.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 4,573 Senior Member
    Only Harvard can answer your questions. My gut is that they would accept a medical excuse but they need to be informed, and IMO, the sooner the better. They may want the student to take courses over the summer and better understand if this is something that is going to impact future success in college. Good luck OP!

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 41,072 Super Moderator
    edited March 6
    Thoughts?
    My guess is that they would ask you to defer to ensure that (A) all graduation requirements have been met and (B) (and most importantly) that your health has improved.

    But bottom line, @happy1 is correct. None of us know; we're speculating. Contact admissions to get the first-hand answer.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,654 Forum Champion
    More questions than answers:
    Does this question pertain to you or your child?
    Is there adequate documentation of the illness? doctor's note, formal diagnosis etc?
    Is the HS guidance counselor aware of the issue so he/she can write a letter on your behalf?
    Will the health issues be fully resolved by the fall?
    Is there a chance to retake any dropped classes over the summer if necessary?

    As I said in the first post, I would suggest that the student contact Harvard admissions to go over his/her particular situation. Get any answer in writing.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 31,173 Senior Member
    edited March 6
    I agree they could suggest deferring. OP put this as dropping half the classes, other serious issues. On the academic side, this student missed a big chunk of senior year learning. That can affect how ready he is, how fully prepared, as well as energies.

    It can matter what courses were dropped. Cores? Or just random electives? How are grades looking?

    Adding, cuz I forgot: right, someone needs to talk to the college. We don't know.
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,671 Senior Member
    edited March 6
    I'm asking if the answer of having a real sickness is sufficient.

    Yes, a documented medical leave of absence from high school for an illness -- provided that your doctor AND guidance counselor can attest to the illness and write a letter to it's authenticity -- is a legit excuse for not completing your senior course load and will most likely not get you rescinded. Harvard might want further assurances that you are completely recovered from this illness before allowing you to attend the college.

    If you don't have a documented excuse from an MD and GC, well that's another story: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/avoid-college-acceptance-rescinded_n_6507536.html
    It’s not just receiving poor grades that can lead to a revoked acceptance. Dropping a course or switching to a less rigorous one—for example, deciding to move from AP Art History to pottery your second semester—is also considered a violation of the “successful senior year completion” clause, Taylor says. Changing one class most likely won’t end with a college revoking your acceptance; however, if you were to drop all of your AP classes for joke electives, that’s a different story!

    OP you really need to have a discussion with Admissions about this ASAP!
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