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Does a withdrawal on your transcript matter?

  1. Sep 25, 2010 #1
    It shows up as "W" and doesn't affect your GPA, but will it look bad for grad school?
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  3. Sep 25, 2010 #2


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    No. Universities know there are plenty of reasons one might need to drop out of a class, most of which having nothing to do with your academic abilities.
  4. Sep 25, 2010 #3


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    Look at yourself the way a grad school admissions office would: your GPA, test scores, research experience, letters of recommendation.

    If you're a borderline candidate, it won't look good to have a lot of Ws on your transcript. If you're a strong candidate, one (maybe two) won't have much of an effect.
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