I am currently a sophomore at a private undergraduate institution, and I am facing an interesting tradeoff. I took a difficult class that I do not actually need for my major (change of plans) and my performance in the class is less than satisfactory. It might not be catastrophic, but it will surely drag down my GPA from this semester, and college overall. I can withdraw from the course, but that would give me a W on the transcript. I have a goal of applying for graduate school (potentially an MBA) at a reputable university, ideally an ivy league institution. Does it make sense to drop the course? What would look worse to their admission offices: a bad GPA for one course (and somewhat lower average) or a W on the transcript? I have not withdrawn from any courses previously, and hope not to face such a situation in the future. Thank you!