Spring Semester Senior Year: Do Grades Matter?
Some students experience senioritis after they submit their college or university applications. They will cut themselves slack after months of hard work in an attempt to enjoy their final months of high school. Although a lighter course load is acceptable, second semester senior year grades matter just as much as first semester.
Regular Decision Applicants and Admitted Students
Though admissions boards mainly refer to first semester senior year grades while reading your application, colleges and universities also can request second semester grades.
You might not even know a school has requested additional information from your school. Regular decision applicants often don't hear back from schools until April, so it's important to stay on top of your grades in spring.
Deferred and Waitlisted Students
If you are deferred early action or added to a waitlist, you'll have to send an update to the school in question. That will include grades from the second semester of your senior year of high school. Colleges and universities look for consistency or improvement, so don't slack.
If you had a significantly lighter course load or let your grades slip, it's unlikely that a school will change their mind about admitting you. If you continued to work hard and challenge yourself, admissions officers will see you're serious and you perform well, even when no one is watching.
Though not all colleges or universities ask for end-of-year reports, those that do take them seriously. If they find that one of their accepted students dropped the proverbial ball in second-semester classes, they might send a letter rescinding admission.
No one wants to receive such devastating news, especially if you paid your deposit and made plans to move in. Although very unlikely, keep this scenario in mind.