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how bad do science/non science "W's" look on transcript?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by hafido, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. hafido

    hafido Member
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    I have a "W" I received in an accounting course back in 1999, I was not doing well in it, so I withdrew and took it again later, getting a "B". I also have a "W" in an econometrics course that really was not my fault, they did not properly drop me from the class on time (I never even went to the first class meeting). I took it the next quarter and received an "A-". My one science "w" was a year ago when I came back to school I started taking an intro chem course, but I had too much work going on with my business and I missed a crucial mid-term, so, I dropped the course (I actually did not come back to school until this winter quarter, taking the intro chem and doing well in it). I guess my question is this: how bad would you say these "w"s look on the transcript? I have no science courses under my belt yet, but I am determined to do well in all of them.
     
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  3. trypmo

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    Well, in 2 out of 3 cases, you did take the courses over and got good grades, and if I were on an adcom, that would be a big plus to me. If you take that chem course over again and ace it, then I think it'll work out fine.

    Practically speaking:

    Should you be actively worrying about these Ws now? IMHO: No.

    Should you let them stop you from applying to dental school, when the time comes? IMHO: No!

    Should you make every effort to show your dedication by getting excellent grades now and in the future? IMHO: Definitely.

    Best of luck! :thumbup:
     
  4. aphistis

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    Agreed on all counts.
     
  5. Thaxil

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    W's are not bad. Everyone has their reasons for them. But, there should be a limit on them. One per quarter is too much. Also, receiving w for difficult science course regularly could possibly cast doubt on your abilities. I do not think that you have, at this point, a problem, but be careful and frugal with your uses of withdraws.
     

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