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Penalty for 10-Minute-Late Transcript?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Dec. 3, 2013

Question: I had trouble submitting my Self-Reported Academic Record, or SAR, because I couldn’t figure out my password. I eventually got it, but I can’t remember if I successfully turned it by the December 1st deadline. If I happened to turn it in up to ten minutes after the deadline, is there still a chance I could get accepted into the University of Florida?

Even in Florida (a state where drug trafficking can be a capital crime), this slight delay spawned by a tech snafu shouldn’t have any impact on your admission outcome, so don’t worry.

However, “The Dean” advises ALL college-bound students to check with admission offices about two weeks after materials are due to make sure that EVERYTHING arrived safely, unless, of course, you have already been notified that you’re all set. (Many colleges now have Web portals that allow you to check this.)

Even if you wait two weeks after submitting your materials and then you call the admission office and learn that something is missing, don’t freak out. It can sometimes take admission office staff more than two weeks to process all of the information that comes flooding in at once. But if you do find out that you have missing materials, ask if you should call back in a few days to see if they’ve turned up or if you should re-submit them right away.

Because you experienced some tech problems when you tried to send your Academic Record, you want to be especially careful to follow up to be certain that it went through. If it was a little late, you shouldn’t have a problem, but if it NEVER arrived, you could have a BIG one!


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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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