After countless hours of homework, many Saturdays spent taking the SAT, and dozens of “submit your application” clicks, the hard work is finally done, right? Well, not really.
Senioritis is a word many of us know all too well. Most students see the first three years of high school as the time that “really” matters. Senior year is all about college applications and once you receive admission, the remaining time is meant for relaxing, having fun, and soaking up those last few months of being a high school student. We agree, you should definitely be taking in these next three months you have left, but it’s important to remember why colleges accepted you in the first place.
The hope for most colleges is that the student in the application is the same student in the classroom. At UF, we have a holistic review, meaning we look at all aspects of an application, so when a student has years of strong academic work and a resume full of service and involvement, it feels like a slam dunk. On a rare occasion, we find out that those stellar grades only lasted through junior year and unfortunately there are steps we have to take.
The first thing we want to know is why. Did your grades drop because you were out for a week with the flu or did you have too many “senior skip days” by the pool? We know life happens and we want to make sure we can help you through that.
The next step is to figure out if anything can be done to reverse any damage to your GPA or grades. If you still have another grading period left, there’s a chance you can bump them back up. Remember to reach out to talk with your teachers to try and come up with a plan for recovery.
Rescinding admission is not fun. We never want to take away an admission especially since you worked so hard to get here, but in the rare cases where a student has completely flunked their senior year, it is something we have to consider. The easiest way to avoid all of this is to just power through those urges to give in to senioritis and finish your last year as the same student you have been for the last three!
As always, the Office of Admissions is here to help you throughout your journey to UF. If you ever have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 352-392-1365.