I’ve seen a lot of threads on college confidential discussing the importance of senior year grades at competitive colleges (Top 20 schools). I commonly find this answer in these threads: “A decline in senior year grades can definitely negatively affect your application for elite institutions.”
Now, when I think of “decline,” I think of suddenly getting several Bs, or from going to straight A+s to many A-s. This is the level of decline that many of these “Senior Year Grades” threads discuss.
But… How bad is it to have a SLIGHT decline in senior year grades compared to junior and sophomore grades? To give more context, I had about a 97.20 UW average in Junior year (NY public school, so out of 100 scale). But now, for senior year, it looks like my mid-year report average will be around a 95.60. I still have mid 90s in several core classes (95 in Calc, 97 in AP Euro, 96 in AP Spanish, 96 AP Chem) but I have ONE grade that is hovering around the 89/90 area (AP Literature), which is bringing my senior year average down.
This isn’t the drastic senior year plummet that I have read about in other threads, but it technically STILL is a decline, so I am worried that colleges will think that I’m slacking off. Will this negatively impact my application?