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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Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Revoking Offers of Admission

Yes, colleges certainly can revoke offers of admissions. I remember hearing Brown's Dean of Admission Jim Miller telling students that, once admitted, they should not go wild on band trips - meaning that behavioral violations could mean a decision could be revoked. Students should know what constitutes reasonable - not to mention legal - behavior. Criminal actions, underage drinking and involvement with narcotics won't be tolerated. Also on the list are honor code infractions. Students can protect themselves by watching what groups they choose to be part of and keeping a pleasant distance away from trouble.

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

Slackers Beware

Colleges can and do revoke admission offers for two primary reasons. First, serious disciplinary infractions that involve suspension, expulsion or criminal charges will be carefully evaluated by college officials and can jeopardize admission offers. Secondly, significantly diminished academic performance can prompt a college to revoke an offer of admission. Students can protect themselves by abiding by all school policies and maintaining academic performance.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Revoking Admissions Offers

Final grades (failing classes or not keeping the standards that were indicated on your application), falsifying application information, disciplinary infractions, and double depositing have all been behaviors cited by public and private colleges as reasons for revoking offers of admission. Keep working hard through senior year and it will pay off for you when you enter college as a freshman.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Now you're in, now you're not!

An offer of admission is based on the facts presented in the application. If your circumstances change, you must realize that your offer may be in jeopardy. A typical situation may involve senior year grades. If you were borderline in the first place, you can be sure that the school will be requesting your final year grades. Depending on your high school's policy and the college's policy, you may be denied admission for legal violations that occur after the fact. Bottom line, keep up your hard work, don't be tempted to slack off and you'll be packing for school as planned.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Colleges rescinding offers

YES, colleges can rescind offers of acceptance. It is unusual, but it happens. Reasons can include a dramatic drop in your senior year grades, being convicted of a crime, lying on your application, being expelled for cheating/poor choices, or drawing unfavorable or unsavory attention to yourself and therefore to the college. Watch your behavior, keep up your grades, and don't get into major trouble!

Jill Karatkewicz
Counselor East Hampton High School

Proceed With Caution!

Yes, colleges can revoke admissions offers when given just reason to do so! The most common reasons for which a college will revoke an offer include: 1. A major decline in academic performance (usually during the second half of the student's senior year), 2. A significant disciplinary infraction at school (such as suspensions/expulsions, instances of cheating, or acts that are considered morally questionable), or 3. Discovering that information on the student's original application was fraudulent. While it is not very common for admission offers to be revoked, students should be aware of the reasons WHY this may happen - if they are honest on their application, keep their grades up even after being accepted, and stay out of disciplinary trouble they should be just fine!