USA Today has an article out on the dangers of senioritis. For those of you who haven’t heard of senioritis it involves slacking off such as skipping classes and failing to do assignments in the senior year of high school.
In the most serious cases of senioritis, a college can revoke an offer of admissions. Although senioritis is nothing new, there are some indicators that colleges are taking the issue more seriously.
The 2009-2010 draft of the common application is out and one of the changes made is to make it clear on the application that colleges can revoke admissions if there is a change in your academic profile. In other words, if your grades go down, or you drop classes, your admission may be revoked.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling also has a fact sheet out entitled “Why Colleges Revoke Offers of Admission”. This fact sheet has much more detailed information including the fact that 68.7% of the revoked admissions occur because of final grades.
Despite the potential serious consequences of senioritis, I recently read an article in a high school newspaper suggesting that students not worry about senioritis and should just enjoy the rest of their senior year. The argument of the author was that colleges don’t generally revoke admission offers so don’t worry about such things.
It is true that it is unusual for colleges to revoke an offer of admission but it does happen. And it is particularly likely to occur in years such as this when there is so much competition at the most selective colleges.
Moreover, even if the college does not revoke an admission offer because of senioritis, a college may take away scholarships or put you on academic probation before you even start college.
As senior year is coming to an end you should enjoy yourself. But keep in mind that slacking off in the last few weeks of high school can have far reaching consequences. So as hard as it is, keep up the hard work.