How do I know if a school requires sending first-semester grades?
Your common application Dashboard>Application Requirements page will show you all that you need to know. MR means mid-year reports (aka first-semester grades) are required or not.
Can I send my grades, even if they are not required?
Yes, if your first-semester grades validate or improve your academic profile send them.
Do all schools review first-semester grades if they are sent?
No, some schools do not consider first-semester grades. The University of South Carolina is an example of a school that only reviews transcripts through Junior year. Schools differ on their policy.
Do I send first-semester grades to Early Action schools?
Most schools will return the early action decision before first-semester grades are in. If a student is pushed from early action to regular decision and the first-semester grades improve their file, they can send grades in.
Do I send first-semester grades to Regular Decision Schools?
Most likely yes. Check with your high school guidance office to confirm their process in requesting mid-year grades sent.
If a school doesn't see Senior grades - do I need to take a full academic schedule in my Senior year?
Absolutely. Senior year is a critical piece of the puzzle in which admissions will review and consider the rigor of your senior year curriculum as part of the application review.
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