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Don't Slack Off Senior Year!

Warning!!!!! Students whose academic records show less achievement as a senior are in danger of losing their admission offer and scholarship. Take a look at this warning on the Virginia Tech website:

Your offer of admission will be withdrawn under the following condition:
  • Your final grades are significantly lower than your previous academic record, indicating a declining academic performance in your final year or semester.

You might think this is a rare occurence. But actually, many colleges feel this way AND many students feel that they don't have to work as hard as a senior-especially if they have been admitted to a college already.

Colleges are looking for students who will be an academic success on campus. They are not looking for students who only achieve for admission purposes and then do the minimum required to pass. Any student who has a significant decrease in achievement should contact their college admissions office with an explanation before their offer of admission is withdrawn. There are legitimate reasons such as serious illness or accident. If there is no reasonable explanation, it is likely best not to call attention to the situation.

The best strategy is not to be in the situation of having declining grades. Rather, pay attention to academic progress and get help at the first sign of trouble.

The other issue that plagues seniors is the temptation to take a light academic load of just a few required classes with limited to no rigor. This too is seen as a declining academic indicator. 

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