You have studied hard, written a compelling essay, as well as dedicated massive amount of time to your extracurricular activities. It finally pays off and you receive an acceptance letter from the college of your dreams! So now you are thinking, it’s probably not a bad idea to finally relax and enjoy your senior year, right?
Before you allow senioritis to take over your life, you should know that colleges offer admission with the provision that accepted students maintain certain criteria. Otherwise, colleges have the right to revoke their admissions decision. Are you shocked?
Although it isn’t something that always happens, it is safe to always have it at the back of your mind that colleges can rescind their admission offers for the following reasons:
1. A Drop in Academic Performance
One major criteria that gets you into college in the first place are your grades and test scores. Any significant drop in your grades after you’ve been accepted could be a red flag to the college. For example, colleges could think that you couldn’t handle your course load during the second semester, or even worse, that you just stopped applying yourself.
It is common for seniors who slack off during their senior year of high school to receive a letter that requires a response. This should serve as a strong reminder that you need to be serious with your academics and continue to apply yourself.
2. Disciplinary Actions
Disciplinary actions that have to do with school-related issues, such as cheating or truancy, or legal issues, such as drug or alcohol offenses by any senior are expected to be reported to the college even after such students has been offered admissions.
It is expected that you will continue to uphold a high level of personal integrity and contribute positively to your community. Doing anything that calls your integrity into question could cause your acceptance to be rescinded by the college. If you find yourself in a situation that warrants your college being notified of your disciplinary action, it is best to get ahead of the game by reporting yourself before your high school does. Being as candid will lend more credibility and maturity to your defense.
3. Falsified Application Information
A college can also revoke their offer of acceptance when they discover that certain information on an application was falsified. This is because you gave your word by certifying with your (electronic) signature that everything in your application is accurate as far as you know.
For this reason, any untrue information provided leaves you vulnerable to the college finding out and revoking your acceptance. It will be in your best interest to be truthful and not assume that a college won’t find out about any falsified information on your application.
4. Inappropriate Social Media Usage
The use of social media has had a big impact on us all and can also play a big role in having your college acceptance revoked if not well managed. Such was the fate of 10 high school students who had their acceptances rescinded for posting inappropriate content in a private Facebook group.
he use of social media has had a big impact on us all and can also play a big role in having your college acceptance revoked if not well managed. Such was the fate of 10 high school students who had their acceptances rescinded for posting inappropriate content in a private Facebook group.
It is advised that students should not post, like, or retweet anything inappropriate such as sexual content, anything resembling bullying or harassment or even pictures that may represent inappropriate activities (for example red cups which can give the impression of underage drinking). Instead it is better for students to use social media to promote themselves by posting content that has to do with their accomplishments as opposed to doing these negative things.
What Can Be Done When Your Acceptance Is Being Revoked?
An appeal is possible if the decision to revoke your acceptance has already been made, provided that you can prove that factors beyond your control impacted your actions or performance.
With a very good explanation to defend your case, appealing the decision might be worth your time and effort. Every colleges has it own process, but you may be required to write a letter explaining the circumstances. Be ready to accept responsibility for your faults where necessary while you give the appeal your very best.
In the end, colleges don’t want to rescind acceptances, but they do expect that future students will maintain the school’s reputation.
You need to understand that despite being offered admissions, the college is still and always watching.
If you find yourself in a situation where your admissions has been revoked, contact US College Experts, your school counselor, or an experienced educational consultant for guidance.