Once accepted, how much can you slack off during second semester?

<p>I've heard of a guy who got a D in both semesters of Calculus BC in his senior year and still got into UW. I really don't know much about specifics though. Is there some sort of GPA cutoff? Don't they send you some sort of warning letter if your grades show signs of slipping? (And how would they know what your grade trend is so late in your high school career?) Do students who had 4.0 GPAs get more leeway than those who had 3.5s? Basically how many D's and F's can I get now before UW revokes my admission?</p>

<p>lol I wouldn't think of it in those terms, however you if you get a D or F they'll look at it more closely, but getting a C in calc you should be fine. Calc isn't that hard anyway I'm sure if you can pull off a C by the end of the semester rofl. But there was an article a couple years ago about some students that got denied for bad second semester grades and made it all the way to school on the first day before they realized they'd been cut. Might want to look into that it would have more details I bet. </p>

<p>Then again I really doubt anyone on this forum has personal experience getting rejected from the UW for poor grades second semester :)</p>

<p>I wouldn't aim to get Ds and Fs. </p>

<p>UW is pretty much the most famous University as far as cracking down on senior-itis goes. I've read several articles about people getting rescinded for letting their grades slip too far or having too many absences, etc.</p>

<p>The impression that I get is this: if you get a bad grade, they'll understand because we all get antsy senior year. But if you're aiming just to slack off I'd reevaluate, because they don't want people who feel "done" with working hard just as they're entering college.</p>

<p>After the final transcripts are sent in, the University undergoes a minor secondary review process to ensure that admitted freshmen really did fulfill the course requirements, complete the classes stated on the application, and did not blow off coursework. Of course, the review is mostly subjective and based on the judgment of the reviewer. If it is noticeable that your intent was to slack off, then they would consider rescinding your application. Having the transcript of your prior grades, they know the standards you set for yourself and will notice if it appears you have failed to maintain these standards. </p>

<p>I would advise not worrying too much about it all. As long as you are able to show that you are still working relatively hard in school, it shouldn't be much of a problem. UW does not rescind anyone unless it is very evident that the student completely disregarded his/her senior year. </p>

<p>However, do not slack off. You may ease your studies a little, but don't forget about finals, AP testing, and most importantly what bad procrastination can bring. Procrastinating in itself prolongs the habit and it gets worse at an exponential rate. If you procrastinate or slack off just a little bit now, by the end of the year it might be bad. While last year was the first UW started rescinding applications, the number will go up for this year.</p>

<p>I also know that the university will send out warning letters to students who approach the 'danger' mark, but still are available to avoid getting their acceptance revoked. They essentially rebuke the students and warn that such behavior is intolerable the UW, etc.</p>

<p>Two things I am unclear about:</p>

<li><p>Last year was the first year that they started rescinding admissions for slack-offs? Does that mean every year before, any accepted student could just get straight F's and not worry about losing acceptance?</p></li>
<li><p>How exactly would a college know that a student is approaching the danger zone? Since quarter grades aren't sent to colleges, and it would already be too late by the end of second semester, do they send you that warning letter once they see that you've gotten too many C's, D's, and F's on your first semester transcript?</p></li>

<p>1) That is my belief. While I am sure there may have been cases where students who completely (and I mean 'stopped coming to school' completely) blew off their senior year, last year was the first time they mass rescinded a pool of applicants. </p>

<p>2) They don't know until you send them your final transcript. That's why it's imperative not to slack off too much. By then, the deeds are done and it's out of your hands. The warning letters I mentioned merely rebuked the students of what they did and simply warned against such lack of integrity if they were to attend the U.</p>

<p>Wow, that sounds tough. With no prior warning, a number of students were actually barred from entering UW. I guess they do deserve it though. But how would UW know that the students are slacking? So is the final transcript received before the letter is sent? By then, how would students be able to step it back up?</p>

<p>Yes, the university only knows after they receive the transcripts. And sorry for confusing you, but the letter is only meant to tell students to step it up if they matriculate. And I mean 'step it up' in reference to their studies at UW, not the 2nd semester of high school. It simply means, "We couldn't do anything about your 2nd semester HS grades, but you had better show some more integrity if you come here."</p>

<p>From <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/education/edlife/rescind22.html?pagewanted=print%5B/url%5D:"&gt;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/education/edlife/rescind22.html?pagewanted=print:&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>"While colleges and universities have always insisted students maintain top grades, more are now poring over midyear and final transcripts, mailing warnings or making phone calls to students with fallen averages. And in some cases, they’re rescinding admission.</p>

<p>Many took note when the University of Washington revoked acceptances last summer for 23 would-be freshmen with poor final high school grades. The university had just moved to a holistic approach to admissions, thoroughly reviewing applications and final grades, as opposed to relying on an index of grade point average and test scores, as most large public universities do.</p>

<p>Officials also mailed out 180 warning letters telling students they were unhappy with their senior-year effort.</p>

<p>Philip A. Ballinger, Washington’s director of admissions, calls rescinding acceptances “a matter of fairness.”</p>

<p>“If certain students decided they didn’t want to be students their senior year, we shouldn’t have them here,” he explains. Mr. Ballinger, like many higher education experts, is concerned that the emphasis on college admissions is making 12th grade “a wasted year.” He hears complaints from high school counselors that once students are accepted they “just slack off.”"</p>

<p>**** i got c's in ap calc ab and ap bio last semester. a b in ap eng lit and an a in govt h. and i'm probably going to do the same this semester. now i'm scared. :[</p>

<p>i know a guy last yr from my school that did not get his acceptance revoked with a 2.5 first semester senior yr and two F's second semester sr yr... so i think it varies.</p>

<p>This is what happened 2 yrs ago:</p>

<p>Local</a> News | UW revokes admission offers in severe cases of "senioritis" | Seattle Times Newspaper</p>

For the first time, the University of Washington is systematically revoking the admission of high-school students who slack off during their senior year.</p>

<p>Over the summer, after reviewing final high-school transcripts, the UW rescinded 23 offers of admission to students who had been accepted in the spring. And by the time classes began last week, an additional 180 freshmen had received stern letters rebuking them for the "significant downturn" in their academic performance.</p>

<p>The phenomenon is so widespread it's developed an informal name: "senioritis," the tendency for high-school seniors — feeling assured of a university slot — to lose motivation, stop showing up to class, drop courses and generally slack off.</p>

<p>The UW plans to get even tougher next year. Officials say it's only fair to those students who work hard right up until graduation.</p>

<p>"In the past, frankly, we didn't have the resources to go over [final transcripts] with a fine-tooth comb. Unless it was absolutely in your face, we weren't going to withdraw admission," said Philip Ballinger, the UW's director of admissions.</p>

<p>But that changed last fall with the introduction of a new "holistic" admissions system, in which the university no longer relies on grades alone to make any of its admissions decisions but reviews each applicant on a range of factors.</p>

<p>The two dozen extra staff employed by the UW to handle the increased workload have also been able to more carefully review final transcripts.</p>

<p>Ballinger said the rescinded students fell into three main categories. There were those whose grades plummeted from A's and B's down to C's, D's and F's. There were those who failed a required course such as math. And there were those who listed challenging senior courses on their applications but then dropped those courses or failed to complete them