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Must I Report a Middle-School Suspension on College Applications?

Question: I was suspended in middle school for involvement in a fight. Will I need to put this on my college applications, and--if so--how will it affect admission decisions?

Typically, college applications focus on your high school career only, so you’re off the hook for any middle school misdeeds. If, however, you encounter a query about past suspensions, and the wording seems to suggest otherwise (or if you simply feel you’ll have a clearer conscience by doing so), you can ’fess up to your erstwhile infraction with no fear of admission-decision repercussions.

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