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How bad is a W?

pineapplelolliepineapplelollie Posts: 427Registered User Member
I don't know if I can pull off a good grade in Math 20F and I really don't want a C.
I'm considering a management science major... not completely sure though.

If I end up dropping, I may never even take this class again because maybe I'll just do regular econ.

But I just feel really conflicted and the deadline to drop is tomorrow. I don't know if I should just go through it and end up with a mediocre grade or drop and perhaps retake for a much better grade.

I'm a freshman and this is the first time I'm considering to get a W in a class. Without this class, I'd still be taking 16 units (this was my fifth class).

Does a W really matter- grad/med/professional school wise?
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Replies to: How bad is a W?

  • hopefullyokayhopefullyokay Posts: 257Registered User Junior Member
    One in freshman year--not so much, just don't make it a habit.
  • OoPurestOoOoPurestOo Posts: 894Registered User Member
    If you take it again, you really have to make it an A to disregard the W.
  • SlorgSlorg Posts: 2,009Registered User Senior Member
    A W does not matter. I had a W sophmore year but I got into almost every top engineering graduate school in the country with full funding at all of them.
  • VadoffVadoff Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    1-3, especially early, isn't that bad.
    Any more, or later on, could raise flags.
  • ChristianWuChristianWu Posts: 594Registered User Member
    1-3 W through your four years in college are not bad at all, most. graduate schools actually expect them. Whether its due to family issues, health, or just personal issues, a simple statement in your essay to your grad school will clear it up, they don't care about a W, they care about research.

    I already have a W simply because I got stressed over with a full load (20+ units). I regret it, but I spoke to my advisers and ALL of them say it doesn't really matter AT ALL.

    So don't sweat it if you have 1 W in your 1-2 years in college or even 3, just don't get anymore than that haha!

    Good Luck!
  • OyamaOyama Posts: 2,486Registered User Senior Member
    I wouldn't even address them in your SOP. Not a big deal as long as it doesn't turn into a quarterly habit.
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