Questions about 1st semester senior grades

<p>Do colleges ask for your 1st semester senior grades when they are finalized, after you have submitted in your application, and use them for the admission process?</p>

<p>My school's first semester ends at the end of January.</p>

<p>It depends on the school. The more competitive the school is, the higher chance you have of them asking for your 1st semester grades. Many private schools require them.</p>

<p>I wish someone had told me that the whole "1st semester senior year doesn't matter" myth was just that- a myth. Those grades can have a really positive impact on your application if they're strong, and it'll help work out in your favor if you're deferred/waitlisted.</p>

<p>Really? I hope so, because my freshman/sophomore years were terrible. I'm gravely depending on what I did this year and what I will do next year.</p>

<p>Do you know which schools specifically ask for senior grades?</p>

<p>Also- my school's first semester ends at the end of January.</p>

<p>I know USC does. I also know that a lot of schools on the Common App require it as well as a part of the Mid-Year Report.</p>

<p>Otherwise I'm not too certain. Sorry!</p>

<p>so if I don't make straight 70s my second semester senior year am I trying too hard? or am I still trying too hard because I don't have to make a 70 to pass the class for the year if I did better the first semester</p>