Admissions

Penalty for 10-Minute-Late Transcript?

Question: I had trouble submitting my Self-Reported Academic Record, or SAR, because I couldn’t figure out my password. I eventually got it, but I can’t remember if I successfully turned it by the December 1st deadline. If I happened to turn it in up to ten minutes after the deadline, is there still a chance I could get accepted into the University of Florida?

Even in Florida (a state where drug trafficking can be a capital crime), this slight delay spawned by a tech snafu shouldn’t have any impact on your admission outcome, so don’t worry.

However, “The Dean” advises ALL college-bound students to check with admission offices about two weeks after materials are due to make sure that EVERYTHING arrived safely, unless, of course, you have already been notified that you’re all set. (Many colleges now have Web portals that allow you to check this.)


Even if you wait two weeks after submitting your materials and then you call the admission office and learn that something is missing, don’t freak out. It can sometimes take admission office staff more than two weeks to process all of the information that comes flooding in at once. But if you do find out that you have missing materials, ask if you should call back in a few days to see if they’ve turned up or if you should re-submit them right away.

Because you experienced some tech problems when you tried to send your Academic Record, you want to be especially careful to follow up to be certain that it went through. If it was a little late, you shouldn’t have a problem, but if it NEVER arrived, you could have a BIG one!