Will my acceptance get rescinded because of 1 F?
Hi everyone, I'm a HS senior and I just got into UCLA, my dream school. I'm currently taking 4 AP classes and I have As in all of them except for AP calc, which I'm failing. Because of my teacher's grading policy (our grade is only based on cumulative tests and we're done covering new material so there's no more tests) I don't know if I can bring it up to passing. Last sem I had a B. My teacher's been really difficult and I don't want to blame my bad grade on her but she's been pretty unwilling to help me so far and I don't want to have to beg her to pass me when we already have a bad relationship. I'm just really worried because I don't want one really bad experience in a class to mess up everything I've worked for. Do you think this will cause UCLA to take away my spot?
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You are in quite a pickle, my friend.
First of all, you never want to beg because that is a sign of weakness and desperation and you might get some additional derogatory comments on your transcript if you think begging actually works.
The best advice I can give you is that you need to focus 100% of your efforts on learning calculus immediately because that is more important to UCLA than getting As in your other subjects. They would rather see 3 Bs and 1 C in Calculus than 3 As and 1 F in Calculus. You are going to have to be extremely creative on how you can catch up and you have to offer up something valuable like your time to your Calc. teacher or she may no interest in accomodating you. I don't know how you can make up a failing grade in Calc to a passing grade in less than 2 months before the AP Exams are administered.
My dad's close friend had a daughter who got accepted into UCLA and failed a class her senior year and her application was rescinded. And this was 10 years ago when admit rates were close to 30%. It ruined her chances of getting into another great college and ended up at a local Arts College.
If you can't figure out how to get your grade to a passing C, then write to UCLA's admissions office immediately and explain that you are failing AP Calculus and that you intend to repeat AP Calculus or take an online college Calculus course this summer and get a C or better grade prior to matriculating. If UCLA doesn't see you taking full responsibility for your inactions, then they may not work with you to correct your deficit. I don't know if UCLA will think that is an appropriate remedy or not. They may make your matriculation conditional on seeing that you passed Calculus. I'm not really sure. But I'm worried for you because there are only about 6000-6500 spots from nearly 140,000 applications. You must realize that there are dozens of development candidates with $$$$ who were waitlisted dying to get in there.
Apologies for being frank but you have only yourself to blame for this predicament. When you wrote "My teacher's been really difficult and I don't want to blame my bad grade on her but she's been pretty unwilling to help me so far and I don't want to have to beg her to pass me when we already have a bad relationship." that statement shows little remorse or accountability on your part and to some degree some lack of maturity.
Good luck with Calculus.
I am going through the same thing, I have been accepted into two colleges and I currently have a D in my AP Calculus AB class. However, last semester I did end with a D. I went ahead and contacted my enrollment counselors to see what would happen to my admissions and my merit based scholarship. Since I did have a A's in my other classes and have a really good GPA, the one D is not going to affect my GPA, scholarship or my admissions. I would try and work to see if you can get your grade up to a D because I do not know if your school does it but AP classes are 5.0 GPA grading scale so technically it is a C on a 4.0 grading scale if that makes sense. Please make sure that you contact your enrollment counselor to see what will happen because my other colleges are not a competitive as UCLA. If you really have to, I might want to get a tutor since stuff is not working out. I would also talk to your counselor too to see if you can drop the class, but my counselor advised against that since it would be an F instead of a W for withdrawal. I hope all will be well! It is almost over!
While at some schools failing a class senior spring might get you put on some kind of 'academic probation' when you arrive in the fall, the UCs are among the universities with stricter policies in this regard. UCSC, for example, lists the following on their website: "If you have already earned a grade of D or F (or equivalent for other grading systems) in your senior year (fall or spring), or if your overall GPA in your senior year (fall or spring) is a grade point below your previous academic performance, you have not met this condition of your admission. Immediately notify Undergraduate Admissions (UA) of any D or F grades as instructed below. Doing so may allow UA the discretion to provide you with options (if appropriate) to maintain your admission." UCLA doesn't seem to have a similar page, but they do note that if you have received a single D or F in a course (or more than two Cs, or if your senior year unweighted GPA will drop below a 3.00), you are required to report this to the university. They note that the sooner you report this, the better, and that, "Once you submit your changes, we’ll review them in the context of your overall record, and will let you know whether they affect your admission within 15 working days. In some cases, your offer of admission can be withdrawn." They also mention that they will not review any hypothetical questions; thus, as you haven't yet failed calculus, I'd refrain from officially reporting a change for now.
Along with doing your best to increase your grade in the course, I would also reach out to the UCLA admissions office to explain your predicament. Given that it is a COVID year, that you have a very rigorous course schedule, that you're doing well in the rest of your classes, and that this course does sound quite difficult for a high school class (I definitely didn't take a course graded only on test scores until college), they may be slightly more understanding than usual. I'd also reach out to your guidance counselor to see if there's anything you can do. If there's any chance you would be allowed to withdraw from the course, I'd probably jump on that opportunity. Ultimately, if UCLA admissions won't talk to you until you have a final grade, if you can't withdraw, and if you are unable to increase your grade, you'll just have to wait for now. As soon as you receive your final transcript, you'll report a change to UCLA and see what they say. It's possible they will provide you with other options (Re-taking calculus over the summer? Submitting a high AP Calculus BC test score? I'm not sure what these options would be exactly...). Unfortunately, it's also possible they will rescind your offer of admission. I wish you the best of luck.
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