Do Colleges Always See Senior Grades?

Question: Most of my colleges have January 1 or January 15 deadlines. But, since I got my Regular Decision applications in early (just before Thanksgiving), will admission committees evaluate me based on only my grades through junior year, since my mid-term grades won't be out until long after I submitted my applications?

For Regular Decision, your colleges will definitely use your first quarter grades and almost always the first semester grades, too, unless they come out atypically late. It doesn't really matter when you submit your applications because, once colleges know the marking period has ended, they will want your senior grades before issuing a verdict. The Common Application has a Secondary School Mid-Year Report Form that says:

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