Many factors come into play when you contemplate dropping a course. March 28th is the last day to withdraw from a class without receiving an “F” as a grade and many RCC students are faced with the tough question: To drop or not to drop?
The pro of withdrawing from a course is obvious. If you’re not performing well in a class and you’re positive you won’t be able to save your grade by the end of the semester, then dropping a class may be the only way to save your GPA. Many students who have their hearts set on top universities cannot afford a failing grade on their transcripts so withdrawing from a course is sometimes the only option for them. Other somewhat good reasons to drop a course is if the class isn’t what you expected and you aren’t interested in the material or if you strongly dislike the professor so much so that it disrupts your ability to succeed in the class. In my opinion, each of these reasons on their own are not enough to drop a course. Dropping a course should be your absolute last resort.
Why should withdrawing from a course be your last result? The answer is, just like a failing grade, it doesn’t look great on transcripts. Some universities don’t mind seeing W’s on an applicant’s transcript but some highly-selective universities do mind. It really depends on the university you are applying to, I would suggest emailing or calling their admissions offices to get an idea of where they stand on W’s. Another con to withdrawing from a course is you lose money. The money you spent on the credits will not be refunded to you.
If you are thinking of dropping a course, talk to an advisor and strongly consider both the pros and the cons.