Okay, so you’ve taken a couple of quizzes, taken an exam and submitted a few assignments. For whatever reason, you’re not doing so hot. You’re kinda worried that you might fail or earn a grade that will adversely affect your GPA. What are your choices? Should you withdraw?
Here’s what you need to know.
If this is your first visit, please take a moment to review my disclaimer.
- Talk to your advisor. I know I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but before you make any decisions, talk to your advisor first. Your chat could lead to a diagnosis of the situation and you might be able to turn it around and make huge improvements. I’ve seen it happen. Also, your advisor might know about a new tutoring opportunity that you hadn’t heard of.
- Talk to your professor. Get some feedback from your professor. The course you’re taking might just be a really hard course and you’re on par with the rest of your class. Also, your professor might have the inside scoop on supplemental instruction sessions or specialized tutoring opportunities.
- Understand the consequences of your withdrawal. Consider the following:
- Withdrawals typically appear on the transcript as a grade of W.
- If you withdraw after a certain point in the semester, your grade may be assigned as WF (withdrawn, failing) or WP (withdrawn, passing). Your school may consider these in your institutional GPA calculation.
- Withdrawing from a course may affect your financial aid, so be sure to check in with financial aid prior to withdrawing.
- Will you incur additional fees if you reattempt the course in the future?
- Understand how a withdrawal can affect your degree planning. If you’re a chemistry major and your need to take Chem I and Pre-Calc, withdrawing from Pre-Calc will potentially put you behind and your course sequences can get out of alignment. However, if you fail Pre-Calc, you will still have to re-take it anyway if you continue as a chem major, so you could still potentially get behind. If you perform poorly in Pre-Calc, but are eligible to enroll in Calc I next semester, how well will you have learned the Pre-Calc concepts to do well in Calc I?
These items are just starting points in your decision to withdraw from a course. Always talk to your advisor before withdraw from any course!