Things to Think About: Second Semester of your Senior Year

December 12th, 2006 by admin

Lexington High School Guidance and Counseling offers these tips to consider during the bustle of your second semester of Senior year.

Course Selections

While the grades a student earns in course work completed during the second semester of the senior year do not usually enter into the admissions decision, colleges do request that students provide a list of courses in which they are enrolled second semester. It is assumed that this course selection will reflect the same high quality as a student’s previous work in high school.

Taking easy courses or a reduced course load during the second semester is not considered the mark of a serious student.

Academic Performance

Admissions decisions are also contingent on the successful completion of all course work, and admissions officers reserve the right to question poor second semester performance and, in some cases, to reverse an admissions decision already made. Some LHS seniors whose grades have dropped during second semester have received letters from the college they planned to attend informing them their acceptance will now be re-considered.

A letter sent by the University of New Hampshire to students whose concluding high school marks are considered unsatisfactory contains the following statements:

“We have received a report of your final grades for the academic year and consider them unacceptable. It is clear that your admission status must be reevaluated and, consequently, I have suspended your admission. If you wish to communicate with us about our circumstances, please do so in writing within the next five days. It is our preference not to talk with you or your parents until we have received your written communication. We will contact you again once we have received and reviewed your statement. At that time we will make a determination as to whether it is appropriate for you to meet with us. We look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Double depositing

Each year some seniors have a difficult time making up their minds about which college to enroll in after they have been accepted. In order to have more time to make a decision they send deposits to more than one college on or after May 1. This is called double depositing and is an unethical practice. Should the colleges involved determine that a student has double-deposited, admission may be jeopardized. It is an acceptable practice to deposit at one school and maintain your name on a wait list at another. However, indicating to two schools that you will be attending by sending deposits to both should not be considered.”

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