The most important year in your academic record is your junior year. Why? When reviewing your transcripts, it’s the last complete year that admissions officers see. They also look more closely, if they have it, at any senior records, and then sophomore, and then freshmen. They look closely at trends, whether your grades went up or down (up is better). Translation – even if your freshmen and sophomore years weren’t where you’d have liked them to be, pour it on in junior and senior year and you can still have a big impact on where you get admitted.
Important note – your work is NOT over once you get admitted. Admission is always conditional on your completing your work at the same level (or better). Colleges will look at your final high school grades, and can ask questions or even revoke your admission if there are problems. Last year I revoked admission for more than 20 students…DON’T fall victim to senioritis!!! That doesn’t mean you can’t slip at all, but please keep your partying within limits that your grades can handle until you have that diploma in hand.
Be seeing you!
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