What Does a Grade of "W" Mean on my Transcript?
Each semester there are a specific deadlines for dropping a course "with a 'W' instead of a 'F'. Review the "Dates to Observe" section of the appropriate semester's Schedule of Classes book, or the Calendar from the Office of the Registrar for specific dates.
What does the 'W' mean? The 'W' indicates that a course has been dropped between the 4th and 10th week of a semester. A course that has been dropped with a 'W' does not impact your GPA calculation. The total number of 'W's' on a transcript may be a concern to a potential employer or a graduate school.
If dropping a course results in less than full-time semester status (12 hours), you should be aware of the impact on:
- Financial Aid - Less than full-time status could impact the amount of aid that you can receive. Contact the Financial Aid Office with questions or to determine the impact of dropping below full-time status.
- Medical and/or Automobile Insurance - Medical and/or automobile insurance companies may also require you to have full-time status to remain on a parent's insurance coverage. Check with your specific insurance company to determine the impact before dropping below full-time status.