How To Manage “Senioritis” with your College Admissions

“Senioritis” is a well-documented annual epidemic that sneaks up on even the most academically ambitious high school students.

Common symptoms of senioritis are: laziness, lower grades, decreased motivation, increase of absences… even leaving your backpack in the trunk of your car from 3 p.m. to 8 a.m.

As obvious as these symptoms seem, the consequences can be disastrous. For starters, colleges will see a decline in your grades and may have second thoughts about accepting you. But, as you’ll see below, there’s much more to it than that…

– Scott

How To Manage “Senioritis” with College Admissions

If you are applying during your junior year, you will probably have to list and describe the courses you are taking your senior year. You may also be asked to fill out a midyear grade report form, which is completed by your guidance counselor and sent to colleges you have applied to.

Along those lines, college acceptance letters began incorporating warnings such as “Your admission is continued on your continued successful performance.” What that means is simple. For seniors who are already accepted, there’s a possibility that colleges will “unaccept” those who spiral too far downwards during the senior year. It’s not a myth parents cooked up to scare their senioritis-suffering kids. It’s for real. It happens every year.

Also, supposing the former doesn’t happen, senioritis (as well as the celebration dubbed “senior summer”) can slow much-needed momentum leading into freshman year of college. And freshman year is fraught with a whole new set of trappings that made senioritis so easy to slip into.

Very often seniors lose the motivation to keep their grades up because they weren’t awarded merit-based scholarships or grants. They may think, “Forget trying. It doesn’t matter anymore.”

It still does. The habits you develop in high school will shape the way you approach challenges in the future. A prolonged case of senioritis can result in a poor performance freshman year, which only makes it harder to dig yourself out.

Here are three ways to prevent senioritis from taking over your life:

1. Continue plowing through your senior year with the vigor and purpose that fueled you the first three years. Do so for all the obvious reasons, but also so you don’t have to explain to the colleges that accepted you why your grades fell or why you still deserve scholarships/grants. They want to know you still have the maturity to handle the many levels of responsibility a successful college career requires.

2. Instead of mailing it in with easy classes, continue challenging yourself by taking progressively more difficult courses. Often students apply to college before their taking all their high school classes. If you are one of those, continue taking the courses you told the colleges you were going to take.

3. Become more involved in school and community activities. Being active in your school and community may not raise your grades, but its benefits abound. It connects you to people such as school administrators and community leaders who have gone to college and worked their share of jobs. They can provide valuable real world scenarios, not to mention a possible reference for a college application or job down the road. If you are planning on going to college undecided, school and community involvement can be an opportunity to explore areas of interest before you arrive at college.

Falling prey to senioritis can have lasting academic and financial effects. Get the most out of your future by maximizing your present.

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold

Co-Founder, College Planning Network LLC

Publisher, – The free educational resource of College Planning Network


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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News,, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.