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Jan. 28, 2014

Will Dropping Spanish 5 Affect Acceptances?

Question: I am considering dropping my Spanish class. I have taken Spanish all four years of High School. I am currently in Academic Spanish, level 5. I currently have a B in the class. I have been accepted into 5 colleges so far, and have a 3.9 GPA. Would it be fine if I withdrew from Spanish 5? Would any colleges revoke my acceptance.

It seems highly unlikely that colleges will revoke your acceptance if you drop Spanish, but you would be wise to call and ask before you do. If you’re told, “No problema,” be sure that you write down (and save) the name of the person you spoke with, just in case you are questioned later on. (You can try making contact by email first, but you probably want a response quickly, so a phone call might be a better bet, although email gives you “written” proof of the verdict.) You should also contact any college where your decision is still pending.

College folks can be persnickety about students who finish the school year with a less rigorous course load than the one they applied with. So, although you’ll mostly likely be fine if you make this change, I can’t say for sure that every college that admitted you will be happy with it.


¡Buena Suerte!

 

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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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