high cost of senioritis....
If you think an acceptance into college means you can slack off for the rest of your senior year of high school, think again. Some colleges and universities are actually revoking admission to would-be freshmen who have chosen to let their grades drop their final semester of high school.
Perhaps the greatest number of recent rescissions came in 2006 from the University of Washington (UW). After reviewing the transcripts of students who had been accepted for the spring, 23 "slackers" were given the boot while another 180 received warnings for their declining senior-year performance.
In June and July of 2007, a few California schools began following UW's lead. UCLA has, as of this writing, already revoked about 25 freshmen admissions and expects to withdraw another 90 by the end of the summer from the entering freshman class of about 4,600. According to Wu Tran, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UCLA, students are expected to maintain a B average and not get below a C in any of their core classes.
Wondering what qualifies as "slacking off" during your senior year? The director of admissions at UW stated that the 23 seniors fell into one of three categories:
- Those who failed a required course
- Those whose grades fell from A's and B's to C's, D's and F's
- Those who listed challenging senior courses on their applications but later dropped the courses or failed to complete them.
So what options do once-accepted-now-rejected students have? Depending on why their admission was revoked, they can delay their admission for a year and attend another college in the meantime, or -- if they're lucky -- agree to be admitted on a probationary basis.
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