Preface: Do know that if you apply regular decision your colleges will take your first semester grades into account. If you apply early action/decision they will not look at your senior year first semester because your first semester hasn’t been completed yet. If you’re a senior you might be wanting to relax your second semester senior year after you’ve finished applying for college, which is why you are asking “Do second semester senior year grades matter?”
Case 1: You were already accepted to a college | Do second semester senior year grades matter
Let’s say you were already accepted to a college either through early action/decision or regular decision. In any case, your high school has to send your second semester senior year grades to the accepted college that you have chosen to attend. If the college you were accepted to sees a dramatic drop in your grades they can rescind your application.
Case 2: You were waitlisted to a college | Do second semester senior year grades matter
My school counselor told me that my school only sends second semester senior year grades to the college that you have been accepted to and are choosing to attend. High schools don’t send your second semester senior year grades to waitlisted colleges. To improve your chances of getting off the waitlist write a letter of continued interest! You can also improve your extracurriculars and find an internship in high school. You can read my guide on how to find an internship in high school here!
Case 3: You were deferred from early action/decision
If your early decision plan was binding, know that being deferred from early decision means that getting accepted to that college will no longer be binding.
Case 4: You were rejected
Here’s a cute duck video and picture to cheer you up 😀