With the approach of the withdrawal deadline (Oct. 18), you may be considering the option of withdrawing from a course that:
- You are doing poorly in
- You are not finding as interesting as you thought
- Is so overwhelming that your other courses are suffering
- All of the above
Let’s face it – you know the Admissions Committee doesn’t want to see Ws on an applicant’s transcript. It is very difficult to know why a student would withdraw from a course, so assumptions can be made that the student is lazy, doesn’t want to work, can’t carry a full course load, or is so overly concerned about their GPA that the thought of getting under a B sends the student into crisis mode.
Once in the Commerce School, students are required to carry 15 credits each semester of their third year and will never be allowed to W from a Comm class.
Before you withdraw from a course, you should ask yourself several questions:
- What is “doing poorly”? Are you afraid of pulling a B-, C+, or even a C? Please be aware that the Commerce Admissions Committee views a withdraw in a course as a negative. Ask yourself if it is worth having a W show up on your transcript as opposed to a passing grade in a class that you completed successfully.
- There will be courses that might not be as exciting as others – that’s life. Stick with it, learn the material, and who knows? It may turn out to be one of those courses that will provide you with skills that you will use long after the course is over. You don’t get to withdraw from a project at work once you are in the real world.
- Learn time management skills now. Plan your schedule with course credit hours in mind. Fifteen to sixteen credits are typical. Don’t overload with 4-credit courses that will boost your credit hours to 17 or above and therefore give you more work.
- Before withdrawing from a class, meet with your associate dean for additional input and advice. Also, attend our walk-in hours in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 163, for additional feedback. You want your application to be as competitive as possible, and we’re here to help.
- Sometimes problems with one class or personal problems can spill over and impact your performance in your classes. In some instances, you may really need to withdraw to maintain overall academic and personal balance; if so, then go ahead, but make sure you address this in the optional essay on your application.