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'W's on College Transcript

tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
edited November 2004 in College Life
Let's say you're doing poorly in a class and it's after the add/drop period.

How badly does a 'W' look on your transcript? Especially if you plan to attend graduate school and it's a major course you want to drop?
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  • VTBoyVTBoy Posts: 580Registered User Member
    Well I have a NWS ( Which stands for No Work Submitted ) since at my school you only have 2 weeks to drop a course) A NWS doesn't count against your GPA, but I wonder how that looks too.
  • protonproton Posts: 1,021Registered User Senior Member
    id rather have a W than a D or an F thats for damn sure
  • mywaymyway Posts: 180Registered User Junior Member
    yeah, if you're going to get a D or F then a W will probably look better. I don't think it should hurt you really especially if it's just one.
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    What if you're gonna get a C in the class? W or take the C?
  • curiouskatiecuriouskatie Posts: 560Registered User Member
    I'm sorry, I'm a high schooler, what does W stand for?
  • VTBoyVTBoy Posts: 580Registered User Member
    Withdrawl, some schools, mostly community colleges allow you to drop a class after the normal drop date and get a W on your transcript. It has no affect on your GPA. My university doesn't have that. We do have a NWS though which is different than a W.
  • curiouskatiecuriouskatie Posts: 560Registered User Member
    Oh okay thank you!
  • mywaymyway Posts: 180Registered User Junior Member
    tenisghs, what class is it? and what's your major? if it's major related, say molecular biology and you're a biology major, maybe you should withdraw if you think you can do better. but i don't think 1 C will kill you.
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    The class is 'Introduction to Macroeconomics.'

    I know it sounds silly to get a 'C' in that class, but it's part of my major and it's more difficult than I thought. (Lots of people I know had to drop the class since it was harder than they thought. Too much math involved also). Overall, I'm doing well in the major, but classes like Economics and math do not serve me well. I have to take 'Introduction to Microeconomics' too. If I take the C, it would be my second one on my college transcript (the first C was in Calculus.).
  • VTBoyVTBoy Posts: 580Registered User Member
    I am sorry but the math in macroecon is very simple, elementary math. It is a bad sign when such simplistic math is difficult for you.
  • ay_carambaay_caramba Posts: 757Registered User Member
    how ... encouraging, vtboy ...
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    Seriously, ay Caramba, I didn't need to hear that from VTBoy.
    I know Engineer students who try to stay away from Writing/Composition classes.
    For them, Writing is not "simple" and it's the one of the most important classes.
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Posts: 6,559Registered User Senior Member
    vtboy, many colleges, not just community colleges let you withdraw from a course.

    and back to the subject, if you need Econ for your major, and you're set on the major, then I should probably stick it out. I mean, if you have to take it, you have to take it. If you're going into a major that requires significant math, possibly you should reconsider your major.
  • VTBoyVTBoy Posts: 580Registered User Member
    Soccer I said most universities don't. Many do, but most don't. Most CC allow it though.
  • candi1657candi1657 Posts: 104Registered User Junior Member
    Yale allows you to withdraw, and that's exactly what I'm doing. I am withdrawing from chemistry, because it is graded on a curve and too many people in that class have taken two years of chemistry (one AP) and they are pulling the average way up. It's so unfair, since they're supposed to be in Chem 118, but they took the lazy way out.
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