What are quarter grades ... and should I care about them?

Question: What are quarter grades and do they matter to colleges?

Quarter grades are not as important as semester and final grades but can have a significant impact on Early Decision & Early Action outcomes and often on “Rolling Admission” outcomes, too.

Many high schools, especially in the United States, are on the “semester system,” meaning that the school year is divided into two halves called “semesters.” The first semester typically begins in late August or early September and ends around January, and the second semester starts right after the first one ends and continues through May or June.

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