Spring Semester Senior Year: Do Grades Matter?
Some students experience senioritis after they submit their college 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, universities also can request second semester grades. You might not even know a college has requested additional information from your school. Regular decision applicants often don't hear back from colleges until April, so it's important to stay on top of your grades in spring.
Deferred and Wait-Listed Students
If you are deferred early action or added to a waitlist, you'll have to send an update to the college in question. That will include second semester, senior year grades. Colleges look for consistency or improvement, so don't slack. If you've taken a significantly lighter course load or let your grades slip, it's unlikely colleges will change their mind about admitting you.
If you've 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 ask for end-of-year reports, those that do take them seriously. If they find that one of their accepted students dropped the ball in second semester classes, they might send a letter rescinding admission, refusing them a place in the incoming freshman class. No one wants to receive such devastating news — especially if you've paid your deposit and made plans to move in. Although very unlikely, keep this scenario in mind.