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How Do Weak Final Senior Grades Affect Admission Decisions?

Question: Will the college I choose to attend ask for my final transcript in June? If I didn't do too well in the second semester (perhaps a low grade in AP Calc AB), will they take back my acceptance?

Colleges will insist on a final transcript from your high school, but they do not like to rescind offers of admission. Most do so only in extreme circumstances. If, for instance, you are ordinarily an "A" or "B" student and you get a "C" in one class in your last semester, that won't cause any problem at all. Even a "D" (or perhaps an "F") in a tough course like AP Calc probably won't hurt you. If your guidance counselor or teacher writes and explains that you tried very hard but just couldn't catch on, it will work in your favor.

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