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October 31, 2013

Senior Slump? Snap Out of It!

9042062047_3ea613708a_b           We know you have worked very hard over the last few years, taking all of those challenging courses, getting involved in numerous extracurriculars, taking on leadership positions, etc. And, you’re undoubtedly working very hard now on your college applications. You may feel very tempted to put off your school work in favor of other, more exciting opportunities (senior ditch day, anyone?) But trust us, now is not the time to slack off. You have come this far, and you want to make sure you finish strong. And not just for your own peace of mind, though we do hope you have your own internal motivations. Realistically, though, what will probably motivate you most to keep those senior year grades up is a little something called the Mid-Year Report.

          The Mid-Year Report is a Common Application form that must be submitted by your counselor after your first semester senior year grades become available. Our office takes these grades into account, and expects that the trend in your grades will continue. That means that if you were earning high grades before, there is no reason those As shouldn’t be reflected on your Mid-Year Report.

          And while we’re on the topic, senioritis is not an excuse to let your second-semester senior year grades slip, either. We will be sent a final transcript from your high school, and will make sure that those grades are intact, too. As always, we reserve the right to rescind any admission decisions.

          So, moral of the story is: continue working hard, up until the very last day of senior year. And, prepare to work even harder (but have lots of fun too) in college!


  1. Kristina Reyna says:

    Last semester (first semester senior year) I received two B’s and had a GPA of a 4.29. This semester I am going to receive all A’s and one C in one of the AP courses which I had received a B in…I will still have maintained the same GPA of a 4.29. Will USC think seriously about rescinding my admission?

    • Hillary Higgins says:

      Hi Kristina, These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Just do your best, that’s all we can ask!

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