I still remember the satisfaction that I would get as an admissions officer when I opened up a student's application in Regular Decision and saw the "Mid-Year Report" or simply just an updated transcript with first semester grades from senior year.
It was like everything I needed to know about the student was all right in front of me. Senior year grades are illuminating, discriminating, and predictive of admissions decisions. Part of the challenge of the mid-year report is on the students' high schools: finalizing first semester grades and submitting them in time to make a difference. The other part is on the students: the inherent challenge of getting good grades even through senior year.
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