By Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. – Published January 2013

Did you know that college acceptance can be withdrawn due to sliding grades resulting from Senioritis?

Early college acceptance can be a wonderful thing. The pressure is off for those lucky high seniors who have received acceptance to their colleges of choice. But, the temptation to simply coast until mortarboards are tossed into the air is almost overwhelming. Jokingly called “Senioritis,” those tumbling grades can actually jeopardize college admissions.

It’s called “rescinding the offer.” Although a student has received an acceptance, most colleges reserve the right to rescind those acceptances based on bad senior-year grades!

“I have seen it happen… A huge drop in grades senior year has led to colleges revoking admissions,” says Rebecca Joseph, Executive Director and Founder of

And, it’s not just students who receive early acceptance who must be vigilant. The summer before students actually enroll in college, they will need to submit a final high-school transcript to their college, whereupon a college may then make the decision to rescind the offer. In fact, the fine print on college acceptance letters likely includes a warning to students such as, “Your admission is contingent on your continued successful performance.”

Patricia Krahnke, President of Global College Search Associates explains, “Colleges want to see that the applicant is serious about his/her academics and that they will be able to continue on an increasingly challenging academic path straight through high school and into college.”

So, how can parents help keep students motivated throughout the senior year?

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Beverly Stewart, M.Ed.

Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. is President and Director of Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., an area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring and test prep for children and adults, and translating/interpreting since 1985. In addition, Back to Basics is a Department of Education approved 1-on-1 Private School for K-12, as well as a Business and Trade School for ages 16+.
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Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. is located on 6 Stone Hill Road, Wilmington.

Beverly Stewart inducted to Hall of Fame of Delaware Women