Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

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Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby Jpreece59 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:10 pm

OK I'm in my last semester of undergrad and have already been accepted into a couple law schools that are two of my top choices (NYU and Penn). I'm considering withdrawing from a class, but that will lead to me getting a "W" on my transcript. Will this hurt me? I have a very good GPA from my undergrad and as far as I understand, getting a "W" will make my transcript look less clean, but it won't actually affect my GPA. I don't want to finish the class with a poor grade to mess up my 4.0, but I also don't want to take a "W" if that looks too bad.

1. Will the "W" hurt me in the short or long run?
2. If I needed the class to stay in my schools "honors program" and I put that I was in the "honors program" on my resume when I applied to law school, could that affect me?
3. What would you guys do?

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:17 pm

A W hurts less than a grade that brings your GPA down. Drop if you won't get a 4.0 equivalent or better in the class. Update your resume if that changes your honors status.

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby cinephile » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:17 pm

No school cares about "honors programs."

Take the W. A low grade would be worse. Also, if you need to withdraw for your sanity, do it.

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby vzapana » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:23 pm

Before you do this, make absolutely sure that your school doesn't issues W's that are equivalent to failing grades. LSAC treat W-fails as if you took the class and got an F -- not something you want.

Otherwise, Ws that don't factor into your GPA don't matter to law schools.

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby Jpreece59 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:59 pm

Just called my undergrad, the W doesn't count toward my GPA. Will it still look bad to future schools or employers?

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:00 pm

Jpreece59 wrote:Just called my undergrad, the W doesn't count toward my GPA. Will it still look bad to future schools or employers?


Not nearly as bad as a low grade. Lots of people drop a class or two for legitimate reasons.

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby Redbandit » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:08 pm

As long as your school does not consider a "W" to be the equivalent of a failing grade, it won't really hurt you. I would rather have a "W" than a "F."

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby Jpreece59 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:35 pm

Redbandit wrote:As long as your school does not consider a "W" to be the equivalent of a failing grade, it won't really hurt you. I would rather have a "W" than a "F."


can you define "won't really?"

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:42 pm

Jpreece59 wrote:
Redbandit wrote:As long as your school does not consider a "W" to be the equivalent of a failing grade, it won't really hurt you. I would rather have a "W" than a "F."


can you define "won't really?"


A withdrawal is a soft factor

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby Jpreece59 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:49 pm

A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A wrote:
Jpreece59 wrote:
Redbandit wrote:As long as your school does not consider a "W" to be the equivalent of a failing grade, it won't really hurt you. I would rather have a "W" than a "F."


can you define "won't really?"


A withdrawal is a soft factor


I'm hoping it's a relatively small soft factor.

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:55 pm

Jpreece59 wrote:
A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A wrote:
Jpreece59 wrote:
Redbandit wrote:As long as your school does not consider a "W" to be the equivalent of a failing grade, it won't really hurt you. I would rather have a "W" than a "F."


can you define "won't really?"


A withdrawal is a soft factor


I'm hoping it's a relatively small soft factor.


If you have a 4.0 with a W, I seriously doubt they'll even notice

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Re: Considering withdrawing from a class -- will a "W" hurt me?

Postby Yukos » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:30 am

No one will care. IMO, one of the most important parts of UG is knowing when to drop a class.




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