Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

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Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

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Richard Nesbitt
Director of Admissions Williams College

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Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

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Eric Furda
Dean of Admissions University of Pennsylvania

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Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC

Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

Colleges can revoke admissions for a number of reasons including a significant change in grades in the senior year or finding out that an applicant has lied or plagiarised on their application. Don't let senioritis set in and always be truthful on your application.

Corey Fischer
President CollegeClarity

Do well and be smart

Yes, colleges can and do rescind offers of admission. They will do so for poor grades on your final transcript and/or for school expulsions, suspensions, honor violations, and tangles with the law depending on the situation. They will want to know the circumstances and will evaluate the situation case by case. Colleges tend to take a hard line with illegal substances, violent crimes, and honor violations. How can you protect yourself? Be smart. The offer of admission is not permission to go crazy. Your grades need to stay at your usual level of performance and you can't do anything dishonorable or illegal.

Dr. Bruce Neimeyer
CEO/Partner Global College Search Associates, LLC

Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

In most instances, colleges will place their right to revoke admissions on the admit letter or somewhere on their website or in admissions materials so that the reasons are clear. In all my years in admissions, the most common is due to the student academic performance. Should a students grades drop after their admissions has been offered the admitting school usually reserves the right to revoke the admission because the student is demonstrating an inability to handle the level of academic work necessary to be successful at the respective college. In some instances, the college may choose to put the student on academic probation coming in with a certain level of academic achievement at the end of their first semester freshman year in order register again for the second semester of the freshman year. Usually those criteria are to complete at least 12 or more college level credits with a 2.5 or 3.0 GPA depending on how sever the decline in grades where in high school. It is always a good idea to keep up the grades through to the end of the senior year. Many colleges dislike when this happens.

Eric Beers, Ph.D.
College and Career Counselor Air Academy High School

Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

Colleges can, and do, revoke offers of admission. The reasons generally fit into two categories; academic decline in performance and behavioral issues that make you a security risk for the college/university. I have seen students who completely blow off their senior year (or even the last semester of their senior year), we send in the 7th semester (or even 8th semester) transcripts, and even though the student has received an offer of acceptance, they send a revocation of that offer. Take care of your classes and grades all the way up to graduation. The second reason is a suspension or expulsion that popped up on that student's discipline record. Security is a huge issue on college campuses and for college's Public Relations. They do not want any incidents that would turn prospective students off from their college. If you have had a significant fight or altercation, that could significantly impact your admissions to a college. Drugs and alcohol use can also raise red flags for admission officers.

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

Yes! Lying on your application, be expelled from school, a legal matter, and failing grades your senior year are some reasons that your admissions offer may be revoked. How to avoid this: Stay the course. Stay strong academically. Keep your nose clean. Graduate! You will be just fine.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

They can and they have. Every acceptance is contingent on the maintenance of one’s performance and record. A minimal drop-off in the classroom is permissible--you are human--but given the competitiveness of the process, anyone who chooses to simply phone it in during the second half of their senior year runs the risk of having the school revoke their decision and go back to their pool of motivated and consistent students, many of whom would gladly revise their plans and take the spot. Too, legal issues or the like can also pose a problem. Senior slump is an overhyped, no value concept. Don’t fall into the trap and jeopardize something you have worked so hard to achieve.