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Oct. 1, 2014

Will 9th-Grade Detention Affect College Outcomes?

Question: I recently got a Saturday detention at my school from a teacher for laughing in class. I was wondering if this Saturday detention will affect my future college application. I have never gotten in any trouble in my life. This is the only time I got in a detention. I was wondering if college might not take me because they see this detention that I have. I am really worried and never intended to get in trouble.

 Thanks a lot

You don’t have to report detentions to colleges … only suspensions, expulsions and other more serious infractions. Your guidance counselor won’t report this either.


BUT … although this incident was just a minor one and should have no negative impact on your future, you don’t want to get a reputation as a wise guy or a trouble-maker at school. So be sure to apologize to the teacher you offended and promise him or her that it won’t happen again … and then make certain that it doesn’t.

Meanwhile, you can stop worrying about this, and be sure to see The Breakfast Club, if you haven’t already.

 

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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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