There’s a rumor going around in the world of college admissions. Have you heard it? It usually goes something like this: “Admissions offices won't see your senior year grades, so it doesn't matter if I'm doing well or not in my classes.” Well, I’m here as an admissions counselor to tell you that this is NOT TRUE! Don’t fall victim to this rumor and let senioritis set in. Even though it may be tempting, don’t allow yourself to slack off now. We review grades from every year on your transcript, so make sure you are still continuing to perform well in all your classes.
As we review applications and find students who may be borderline candidates for admission, we often ask high school counselors to send us mid-year grades. Do not underestimate the importance of your mid-year performance; this could be a make-or-break decision for your application! If you were a great student all throughout high school but suddenly start bombing out senior year, it’s a big red flag to the admissions committee. That could have a negative impact on your admissions decision, and you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste (neither do we!)
Here’s some advice: admissions counselors like to see students’ grades either stay consistent or improve during high school, and a strong senior year is something we WILL notice and potentially reward. So, just keep this in mind when you’re slaving over projects and homework and wondering if it’s worth it. It definitely is, so please don’t let your grades slip now.
Good luck to all applicants and please feel free to contact us at 585-475-6631 with any questions!