Preparing for College

Early Decision and Senior Grade Decline

Question: My daughter has always been a straight-A student and applied Early Decision to an Ivy League college. It now looks like she will have several B’s on her first-quarter senior-year report card. Her transcript was mailed before the grades were posted. Will the college see them anyway?

There are no clear-cut answers to that question. Most colleges will tell you that they do make every effort to have all available data before a decision is made and will contact guidance offices to solicit new grades if they are available shortly after application deadlines. However, busy deans, fighting mounds of paperwork and brief reading periods, will sometimes base their determinations only on what is right in front of them.

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