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How do I Handle an Incomplete on My Midyear Report?

Question: My counselor just submitted a mid-year report, but I have an "Incomplete" on my transcript. (I'm still making up a class because I've been sick. ) My GPA and class rank went way down because of this. I emailed him and he said he'll "see if he needs to resubmit it" after my final semester grades come out. I don't think he even mentioned to the colleges in his Midyear Report that I've been sick (which led to the Incomplete) because, even though I explained it to him beforehand, he seemed surprised when I emailed him about it. Could I ask him to resubmit the Midyear Report after my class is made up and to fully explain the reason for the Incomplete? I don't want to seem pushy, but I don't want colleges to think I failed a class for no reason either. Thanks for your advice!

Yes, ask your counselor (nicely, of course) to explain the situation and resubmit a Midyear Report once you get your revised grades. You can also write to the colleges yourself, tell them why you received the Incomplete, and give them the heads-up that an amendment from your counselor with an explanation should be forthcoming. If you go to a large public school or to any school where the guidance counselors carry a big counseling load, you can make a little bit of a joke about that in your note ... something like, "I know that officially this should come from my counselor, and--eventually it will--but with 691 students per staff member around here, you probably won't be surprised to know that things can move glacially."

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