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Making Up for a Weak Junior Year

Question: I dented my GPA with a weak junior year but am doing really well now as a senior. My mid-semester grades are due out in mid-November. How can I get colleges to see the “new,” more mature me? If I apply Early Action or via Rolling Admission, might I be rejected outright or will colleges get the improved grades in time?

Most colleges will wait until they have those November grades in hand before making a decision, butâ€"depending on exactly when the grades will be available and the college's decision deadlineâ€"you could be taking a risk by applying Early Action. There is also little advantage to applying to a Rolling Decision college right now when your improved transcript is only weeks away.

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