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Admissions Hospitalization Withdrawals Effect on Admissions

  1. Feb 13, 2017 #1
    So I was hospitalized for some shenanigans with my brain wanting to kill me and had to withdraw late in the semester. 4 classes now have W's and I don't know how I could explain that to admission staff at grad school. Is it appropriate to put such things on personal essays or am I going to have to go through some other route to communicate with them about this discrepancy?

    Fwiw my GPA is high and I will have strong research background when I apply in a year.

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  3. Feb 14, 2017 #2


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    If you withdrew for medical reasons it shouldn't have any effect on graduate school admissions. A simple: "withdrew in winter semester 2017 due to a medical reason" is sufficient to explain it.
  4. Feb 14, 2017 #3
    I agree with Choppy. Citing medical reasons earns a lot of privacy after that. Probably best not to give medical details, and lots of laws against admissions folks prying.
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