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What will a w do to your transcript?

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October 09, 2008 6:43PM

The W will not affect the transcript in terms of your Grade Point Average (GPA). It's much better to have a W than get a D or F which would pull down your GPA. There are many reasons why students choose to withdraw from a course, so this is not uncommon. However, I would try to hold down the number of withdrawals as much as possible. While there are some legitimate reasons for a withdrawal, it just doesn't look good when students develop a pattern of withdrawals. Do your best to avoid dropping courses, but as I said, it is better than getting a low grade in the end. If the withdrawal is because of a problem understanding the content of the course, then seek help from the academic learning center at your college or university.

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