My school has a strict attendance policy which all of my professors are enforcing. One of my most important classes (senior engineering design, for which I'm the project manager) only allows 3 authorized absences. After those 3, any absences take a full point off your final grade in the class. That class, with all the others, requires that I not miss more than 11 days in any 1 class. If I miss 12 days in one of these classes, I will get an automatic F, regardless of test scores and current grade. Now, if I happen to be blessed with a lot of interviews, I'm caught in a dilemma. I'm applying to 31 schools, and if I get 10 more interviews than the ones I've already got, then I'm going to fail at least one of my classes. Failing the engineering design course and another engineering course I'm taking are not an option, because I MUST have them to graduate. However, I'm also taking a pchem course and a math course for 2 minors I'm working on. If I fail them because of absences, it wont cause me to not graduate but it will of course hurt my current GPA (3.8). Although I'm currently not in danger, what happens if I get alot of interviews, especially for MD/PhD programs which often take 2 or even 3 days? Should I just forsake my classes and risk failing because of absences so I can go to these interviews? Would med schools rescind any acceptance for me if they found out I was failing 2 classes this semester? I dont want to screw up my GPA (3.8) but then again my best chances for success are to go to EVERY interview, whether its only 5 or whether its 10. Its possible (although unlikely) that I would get that many. I have to take these classes because I'm required to take 12 hours for my financial aid package. I'm wondering if other people are facing a similar situation. Does everybody just restrict themselves to going to a certain number of interviews (i.e. 10 or so) and then just declining any other interviews they might get?