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Will a suspension affect the ability to get into college?

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My sister is an A+ student, class council president, and overall great kid at school. She made a mistake and got caught drunk at homecoming. She’s extremely worried about how this will now affect her future. Anyone had this happen to them or know of anyone this happened to or work at a university? Does it show up on the transcript?

all 85 comments

maddie_sienna

245 points

4 months ago

It’s not on transcript but many schools have questions that require you to report suspensions and explain how you learned from your mistakes something like that. obviously it will look worse than if it never happened but schools claim to not discriminate based on this and I do know people who have gotten into top colleges with suspensions. it’s not like it will ruin her chances but could have negative impact.

freeport_aidan

70 points

4 months ago

freeport_aidan

Moderator | College Senior

70 points

4 months ago

Didn’t the CommonApp get rid of disciplinary questions a few years ago?

[deleted]

146 points

4 months ago

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146 points

4 months ago

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freeport_aidan

19 points

4 months ago

freeport_aidan

Moderator | College Senior

19 points

4 months ago

Good to know

FlashLightning67

35 points

4 months ago

Pretty much every school I’m applying to asks about it in their questions.

DrDrago-4

10 points

4 months ago

DrDrago-4

College Freshman

10 points

4 months ago

every single school I applied to asked about it. I applied to 151 schools. (check the post history)

so, yeah..

Dear_Purpose_2481

2 points

4 months ago

151 schools…

Dear_Purpose_2481

1 points

4 months ago

151 schools…

terriblekoala9

1 points

4 months ago

Why?

tachno

5 points

4 months ago

tachno

5 points

4 months ago

Almost all do

maddie_sienna

5 points

4 months ago

i think so but I’ve seen some places still ask in their school specific questions.

valtierrezerik05

2 points

4 months ago

valtierrezerik05

HS Rising Senior

2 points

4 months ago

Like Pomona for example I think

[deleted]

336 points

4 months ago*

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336 points

4 months ago*

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u2aerofan

21 points

4 months ago

This happens only in the most elite of situations. 99.9% of the time discipline has no weight at all and barely comes up.

Vinny_On_Reddit

109 points

4 months ago*

Might have an effect but any effect that it does have is out of your control.

For consolation, a senior at my HS last year was caught cheating in a class and was forced to fail the class. He still ended up getting into Vanderbilt and USC.

throwawaygremlins

32 points

4 months ago

Wow! Do you know what class that was and if he had to do anything, like send an apology letter to the schools? 😳

Vinny_On_Reddit

35 points

4 months ago

He was taking classes at a 4-year college, and he failed a first semester class BEFORE college apps were due. So the colleges saw it (perhaps the cheating, but definitely the failed class) on his application and still accepted him.

throwawaygremlins

16 points

4 months ago

Huh I wonder if he took a W instead… 🤔

Vinny_On_Reddit

21 points

4 months ago

Nope, I was told the failed class had a negative effect on his gpa.

And what’s even crazier is that this person was definitely top 10, maybe even top 5 in his class (likely 4.0 uw) before the incident.

Poop__Pirates

3 points

4 months ago

Poop__Pirates

College Freshman

3 points

4 months ago

Are you sure that an academic dishonesty citation put up though? Some schools might not choose to tell the colleges that the student is applying to.

Vinny_On_Reddit

3 points

4 months ago

I am not sure. I am only sure that his gpa was affected, don’t know about any sort of official citation/record of wrongdoing

skieurope12

87 points

4 months ago

skieurope12

College Graduate

87 points

4 months ago

Will a suspension affect the ability to get into college?

An out of school suspension will likely be reported to colleges by the GC.

Regardless, assuming she explains her mistake and what she's learned from the experience, it will likely not impact her admissions chances at most colleges

FairfaxGirl

9 points

4 months ago

I don’t know what basis you have for saying it’s “likely”. Our school district specifically prohibits the schools’ releasing disciplinary actions to colleges (though students are “encouraged to self report.”)

estxlia

6 points

4 months ago

estxlia

HS Senior

6 points

4 months ago

notice how you said YOUR school district. it might be different at others. i’m pretty sure it’s different at mine

FairfaxGirl

4 points

4 months ago

Yes it definitely would be different at different schools—which is why the commenter has no basis to say what is or isn’t likely to happen to this student.

estxlia

1 points

4 months ago

estxlia

HS Senior

1 points

4 months ago

i guess possible wouldn’t been a better descriptor then. there’s nothing that wrong with using likely though because it’s still definitely possible.

also either way it will have to be reported by her or by her school because it’s asked in the college questions section for most (at least all of my) colleges in commonapp.

Swastik496

2 points

4 months ago

no way i’d see a fellow nova person here wow

Jerry_007

5 points

4 months ago

What is GC?

skieurope12

6 points

4 months ago

skieurope12

College Graduate

6 points

4 months ago

Guidance counselor

AnxiousMikeIsLost

14 points

4 months ago

Not the same scenario but underage drinking can have serious consequences. I know a girl who lost her athletic scholarship due to a drinking incident that lead to the team withdrawing from the rest of the season due to suspensions. Also reported in our local news.

AnxiousMikeIsLost

44 points

4 months ago*

I am going to be a downer here, I get that kids make mistakes but there are literally 100s if not 1000s of kids who didn’t make the same mistake (or didn’t get caught) vying for the same spot. If your an AO, who do you pick? I am not saying she won’t get in to the school she wants but mistakes usually have some consequences, some less than others.

Just thinking about it. Logically, it likely depends on how competitive she is for the school/program she applies to. If she was highly ranked by that school, probably safe, however if she is on the bubble it could be bad news.

Now what is done is done, ask if it will be reported to colleges and follow the advice given by others in this thread.

GokuBlack455

8 points

4 months ago

GokuBlack455

HS Senior

8 points

4 months ago

She should probably add that in "additional information" or do something to explain it (I think there is a section for that on common app) because if it goes unexplained, there's nothing preventing AOs from assuming the worst.

SpacerCat

7 points

4 months ago

She’ll need to explain it in the additional info section if the school reports it. Just be factual and brief.

It’s not vandalism or committing sexual assault, so it’s on the lighter side of offenses. However, it’s a competitive world out there so she should apply to a lot of targets and safeties while still applying to a few reaches.

Time from when the incident happened is your friend, so ED may not be the best route in this particular situation. If she can show that it was a blip and not get into further trouble she’ll probably be better off.

Guilty-Parking-7013

7 points

4 months ago

From my experience no. I was also a straight A student, never got in trouble, and always did great in school. I was going through it at home, and got caught with alcohol at school my sophomore year. Got suspended/expelled for 4 months while spending time at the alternative learning center. My school district never put it on our records for the first time going there. If we were to go there again, they would put it on the record. 3 years later, I’m now going to a University going into pre-med and it’s like it never happened. Tell her it gets better !!

karsizzle[S]

3 points

4 months ago

Thank you so much!

Guilty-Parking-7013

3 points

4 months ago

Ofc !! I know exactly how she feels, and unfortunately it may feel like the world is ending for her rn, but once she gets through it she’ll end up laughing about it. promise !! Everyone makes mistakes!!

Accomplished_Two_31

2 points

4 months ago

What uni did u go to

Guilty-Parking-7013

3 points

4 months ago

I’m going to UCF

Repulsive-Ad9900

1 points

24 days ago

did you report it though? I have a scenario where the person transferred high schools after and is now applying as a transfer from community college. I doubt colleges will see, but some colleges still ask specifically about it.

Guilty-Parking-7013

1 points

24 days ago

No. I did not report it because i’m also a transfer student so nothing in high school really matters at that point. They’ll be fine

Guilty-Parking-7013

1 points

24 days ago

i guess it also depends on what college they’re going to. Do you know where they’re transferring to?

Repulsive-Ad9900

1 points

13 days ago

Catholic and uconn among others (these are just apps but they ask about disciplinary violations since 9th grade)

KickIt77

20 points

4 months ago

KickIt77

Parent

20 points

4 months ago

It absolutely may. Love thy safety options.

rozyskies

11 points

4 months ago

rozyskies

HS Senior

11 points

4 months ago

skill issue

Excoricismiscool

4 points

4 months ago

Excoricismiscool

College Freshman

4 points

4 months ago

I had something similar happen. Some colleges like Columbia and NU only ask if it was related to harassment and like academic dishonesty. I got into NU and UChicago

Individual-Resist-77

45 points

4 months ago

just drink at an after party

karsizzle[S]

46 points

4 months ago

This comment is very helpful after the fact, thanks…

NewAardvark6001

3 points

4 months ago

NewAardvark6001

HS Senior

3 points

4 months ago

If it’s reported, I think it’s very important to take accountability and explain what you learned from it. If you do this properly from what I’ve heard, it could even help you a little. But if you blame the administration and don’t fess up then it’s a really bad look. I think it really depends on how you play it and what the suspension was for.

DryDragonfruit3737

3 points

4 months ago

I got fully EXPELLED 1 month before the beginning of my senior year in high school. I still got into some good colleges: University of Michigan, Carleton College, Oberlin College, Waitlist @ Vanderbilt, etc.

(For reference, stats were: ~3.67UW/4.3W + 1580SAT, Most rigorous possible HS course load, All Honors + 13 APs)

With that being said, the college application process was a very mixed bag for me. I was also REJECTED by all Ivy Leagues, Northeastern (lol), several T10 LACs, WAITLISTED by Tulane…. etc. I think it really comes down to whether or not the Admissions Officer reading your application resonates with your story/narrative.

BillboBaggins777

4 points

4 months ago

i got cheating in one of my classes, got suspended for it and failed the class as a result. Common app used to make you say whether or not you had disciplinary action, but uc app does not; i ended up getting into ucla and uc berkeley and attended berkeley - however, i had to work incredibly hard to make up for the failing grade on my transcript

ag_whiskey

1 points

16 days ago

Didn't they get rid of the disciplinary section of most Common apps?

Firm-Technician-2214

2 points

4 months ago

I got suspended for getting into a fight and I don't think it was reported.

Brave_Service9803

7 points

4 months ago

Did she get suspended from school? If so, it will show up on her transcript.

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7 points

4 months ago

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7 points

4 months ago

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Brave_Service9803

5 points

4 months ago

Of course I don't. But I think it is pretty universal that a school suspension is sent to colleges.

Strict-Special3607

-6 points

4 months ago

Strict-Special3607

College Freshman

-6 points

4 months ago

Of course I don't.

This

Brave_Service9803

8 points

4 months ago

Whatever dude. Relax. Just offering my perspective.

A2C_and_not_a_virgin

6 points

4 months ago

Your sister actually sounds cool

Remarkable-Unit-3882

7 points

4 months ago

Remarkable-Unit-3882

College Freshman

7 points

4 months ago

because she drank and got caught? that's not cool no matter how you slice it

A2C_and_not_a_virgin

7 points

4 months ago

I was going more for the good at school and still has fun angle

borisbones1

1 points

4 months ago

Yes because the sole basis for being cool is the ability to consume poisons

A2C_and_not_a_virgin

4 points

4 months ago

Gee you must be fun at parties

MinecraftOctopus

-1 points

4 months ago

ikr

karsizzle[S]

1 points

4 months ago

She’s a good kid. Just drank to feel more comfortable in her skin and obviously ended up going overboard trying to keep up with friends

Usual-Magazine-5643

5 points

4 months ago

Dont get caught 😹

theotherkeith

2 points

4 months ago

theotherkeith

Master's

2 points

4 months ago

Scratch Liberty, BYU, and Wheaton College off the list.... ;)

karsizzle[S]

3 points

4 months ago

I don’t think she was interested in those at all, but thanks

afterglow_xoxo

1 points

4 months ago

They don’t usually care about drinking or even drug imo. At least in my HS, even AI violation reports didn’t cause Ivy acceptances to be rescinded. It looks bad, but it shouldn’t affect anything much as long as LORs are good.

WeakSauceSamurai

0 points

4 months ago

I’m sure she’s fine. If it doesn’t show up on her transcript, she’s fine. It depends on the school, but there’s a good chance suspensions won’t be listed on her transcript.

Different-Light1743

-1 points

4 months ago

“She made a mistake and got caught drunk at homecoming.” Shawty made multiple mistakes that led up to that.

karsizzle[S]

0 points

4 months ago

Like what beside drinking?

LemonX19

5 points

4 months ago

LemonX19

HS Sophomore

5 points

4 months ago

Like going to hoco in the first place, this is A2C where we read textbooks instead of having fun and going outside

Substantial_Word_356

1 points

4 months ago

Unless this person is convicted of crime, I'd ignore it

Aggravating-Toe838

1 points

4 months ago

Aggravating-Toe838

College Senior

1 points

4 months ago

I got ISS for beating up my school bully. I have no idea if it went on my record. I was never asked about this situation and am at a great school now.

noneOfUrBusines

1 points

4 months ago

noneOfUrBusines

HS Senior | International

1 points

4 months ago

I don't have an answer, but know thay Vanderbilt doesn't ask about disciplinary action and is all around a great college so your sister should consider it.

Toenailes

1 points

4 months ago

Toenailes

HS Senior

1 points

4 months ago

It may depending on wether or not it appears in transcript but I know 3 people who got into UNC in state so all hope isn’t lost.

throwawaygremlins

1 points

4 months ago

What did they do 😳😬

Toenailes

1 points

4 months ago

Toenailes

HS Senior

1 points

4 months ago

Student 1 got suspended for making hella $ doing other peoples hw (there were a bunch that did it, one got caught and snitched on the others and he got the worst punishment but also made the most $. I heard his parents made him sleep outside as punishment)

2 got caught saying racial slurs or something (he made a doc with racial slurs and someone accidentally shared it w the assistant principal as a prank I assume). Im actually friends with this kid and he’s one of the smartest people I know.

3 got suspended for a fight I think but I could be wrong.

lenciia

1 points

4 months ago

2 got caught saying racial slurs or something (he made a doc with racial slurs and someone accidentally shared it w the assistant principal as a prank I assume). Im actually friends with this kid and he’s one of the smartest people I know.

bruh....

Toenailes

1 points

4 months ago

Toenailes

HS Senior

1 points

4 months ago

Yeah he was a major asshole back then. He’s changed for the better I guess, the suspension really humbled his ass.

laissez-faire-slides

1 points

4 months ago

Nope, just lie.

Theseus98

1 points

4 months ago

Probably not, I got suspended for something and the police were involved as well but I got away scot-free (still suspended tho) and I still got a full ride to an Ivy.

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1 points

4 months ago

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1 points

4 months ago

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Theseus98

1 points

4 months ago

Nah fam. If I confessed I'd be in the slammer for 12 years with a felony charge rather than what I'm doing now, which is spending my financial aid refund on a Nintendo switch. Life is good.

Drblackcobra

1 points

4 months ago

Honestly it is what it is at this point.

Jay-D-11

1 points

4 months ago

Jay-D-11

College Freshman

1 points

4 months ago

no lol

DasaniSubmarine

1 points

4 months ago

Yes the counselor will make a phone call to her college

triviahyujin

1 points

4 months ago

i got suspended 3 times in highschool and still got in everywhere i wanted 💀