Rescinding admission

<p>I'm sure this has crossed everyones minds at one point or another...</p>

<p>I did a little research about acceptances being rescinded. I only found two cases, both of which were at Harvard - one girl in 1995 and another girl in 2003. One lied about killing her mother as a child, and the other attempted to sue her school for over $2 million because they were going to name another student Valedictorian also. </p>

<p>Obviously both of those acts are a few levels above even failing a class...</p>

<p>My question... is it really common at all for admission offers to be rescinded? Does it happen every year, or every 8 years, like the two cases above?</p>

<p>I've yet to personally hear of a person being rescinded.</p>

<p>The girl in 1995:</p>

<p>Woman</a> Who Killed Mother Denied Harvard Admission - New York Times</p>

<p>From the article:</p>

<p>"Harvard University has rescinded its offer of early admission to what had seemed to be a perfect candidate after learning that she had killed her mother five years ago."</p>

<p>"The candidate, Gina Grant, 19, a high school senior, is a straight-A student, captain of her school tennis team and has taught biology to underprivileged sixth- and seventh-graders in Cambridge, Mass. But in 1990, in what Ms. Grant said was an attempt to defend herself from an alcoholic parent and what prosecutors called a vicious murder, Ms. Grant bludgeoned her mother to death in Lexington, S.C."</p>

<p>Yeah, pretty over the top. The 2003 one is worse IMO. </p>

<p>Does anyone know if this is a yearly thing or is a very rare instance?</p>

<p>I'm not sure if there is a way to know since I don't imagine rescinding admissions is in any way public information. From my experience, it takes a pretty big drop for you to even come close to risking admissions. Given most people who get into Cornell are already pretty smart, you'd probably have to miss a high percentage of your classes and skip a large amount of your work to see that kind of drop in grades.</p>

<p>A guy came to our school one time to talk to our PTSA. He had a powerpoint, and included in it was a letter from a college (I don't know which one) saying that they had rescinded the person's application due to her bad performance in her senior year. She was then required to write an essay to explain herself and try to convince the admissions to reconsider.</p>

<p>I don't know if it happens a lot... but I feel like you just can't have any D's or F's if you expect to go to the school. </p>

<p>Actually, even C's don't help. A kid in my class last year had a C in AP Lang, and he was being recruited by Williams College for football. He almost lost his acceptance because of it... his counselor had to talk to the school and he eventually raised his grade to a B. But it was a very close call.</p>

<p>im sure it happens yearly but a very very small amount i know someone who was rescinded from Harvard because he slacked off and failed physic senior year.</p>

<p>It happens for bad grades, it also happens if you get in trouble with the law. I don't think it is as uncommon as you want to believe.</p>

<p>If you want to "safely" slack off, you can get away with B's. </p>

<p>However, the attitude of slacking whenever possible WILL NOT serve you well, especially at Cornell. You might think it's easy to go from coasting to working hard again, but it's not. Your excuses to slack off at Cornell will be magnified compared to high school, and if you've already changed your attitude to not caring, it won't be so easy to prioritize your activities properly.</p>

<p>^</p>

<p>I echo the sentiment expressed above. Usually, the type of kids that succeed at Cornell and go on to get great jobs or top graduate schools are those who are very motivated and hard working on regular basis. I've known a fair share of people at Cornell who slacked off and try to bust their butt during exams time, but these kind of folks didn't end up that well, with regards to their employment outcome, etc.</p>

<p>College is more relaxed than high school, and you have no parents watching you 24/7. In the end, it is your life and your opportunity, and you need to be responsible for your actions.</p>