How bad do Withdrawals look on your transcript?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by AME416, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. AME416


    Mar 23, 2010
    Got a couple from my CC on my transcript, bit off more than I could chew trying to juggle school & work=/
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  3. PharmEXP

    PharmEXP Accepted Pharmacy Student

    Nov 28, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    Not as bad as D's, E's and F's. I have 3 W's on my transcript and I got into pharmacy school with ~6 C's/C+'s. However, I attended UF for undergrad, so W's might be worse coming from a CC.

    BTW, this topic has been covered in this forum*. Use the search function and you will find a lot of feedback.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2010
  4. ArkansasRanger

    ArkansasRanger 2+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    I've got two from undergrad and one from grad school. I'm not sweating it.
  5. 297point1

    297point1 Specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions 7+ Year Member

    A W is better than a D or an F.

    Just don't collect too many of them...
  6. DASicari

    DASicari 10+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I had two W's and was never asked about it. I'll be attending USC in the fall.
  7. elevenphoenix

    elevenphoenix fresh grad dying for tips on NAPLEX. HELP :(. 2+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    Eh, I had a few W's here and there...stuff happens and you end up having to drop the class. I think as long as you don't have excessive W's or WF's you're fine.
  8. Pharmacist Zoom

    Pharmacist Zoom

    Mar 29, 2010
    Good thing Pharmcas doesn't count W's while calculating your GPA so doesn't really matter until u have a whole lot of them:D
  9. ArkansasRanger

    ArkansasRanger 2+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    How would a W ever be counted on your transcript?
  10. Passion4Sci

    Passion4Sci LML Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    Numerically, such as, "3 Ws" reported? Trying to devil's advocate this. LOL.
  11. ArkansasRanger

    ArkansasRanger 2+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2009
  12. iBeast

    iBeast 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Take the W if your not going to get a at least a B. Important thing is to put it behind you and move on.
  13. gator09

    gator09 Accepted Pharmacy Student

    Jan 26, 2010
    My advice is to just worry about what you take out of the class. Even if you make a few C's here and there make sure you truly understand concepts from the prereq courses. You will do awesome on PCAT if you do this, which most schools tend to weigh more heavily on as it compares you with everyone throughout the United States.

    I have 4 W's and I still got accepted to one of the two school I applied to. You will be asked about W's in interviews so make sure you tell them the HONEST truth as to why you got them. Explain what measures you have taken to prevent it from happening again..
    For example say you turned 21 and went out drinking a lot. Tell them. Tell them you made immature decisions and learned from it. It's good to show you are capable of self-assessment.
  14. Dezixn

    Dezixn 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I'm surprised how everyone is so accepting of W's.

    I would panic if I had to get a W.
  15. holymolys

    holymolys 7+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    i have a W on something that isnt related to pre-reqs or even my major, no one asked me about that, i only went to that class for like 3 weeks
  16. TheAppsScareMe


    Aug 5, 2009
    I had a W and 5 C's, but I still got into the 4 schools i interviewed at and declined 4 other interview invites. You'll be fine :)
  17. prepharm0890


    Apr 19, 2011
    i have 5 W's and a couple of C's, but im planning to retake the classes that i had c's in, will that give me a better chance if i get A's to be accepted into pharmacy school?
  18. delano2000

    delano2000 D-Mod likes to parTAY Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    I have about 8-9 Ws on my transcripts but most of those came from having to drop an entire semester 3/4 way through due to a family emergency and unforeseen circumstances. I still got into pharm school. I did explain the Ws though in my supp app so there was no need for them to ask me about it in the interview. No Cs here.
  19. ugadawg74

    ugadawg74 5+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    I got accepted to UGA which is a top 25 pharm school with 6 W's, so I guess it doesn't really matter.
  20. delano2000

    delano2000 D-Mod likes to parTAY Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2009

    There is no real ranking when it comes to pharmacy schools.
  21. ugadawg74

    ugadawg74 5+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    true... don't even know what these rankings are based on... just says a number scale from 1 to 5
  22. onehot

    onehot New Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    New York
    depends on which schools you are applying to; those schools that do academic forgiveness don't look at W's, some do.
  23. Electrode

    Electrode 7+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Maybe, netting good grades from your previous withdrawals override any potential -ve effect. I wouldn't know, just a speculation.

    Usually, they require some sort of explanation for it, which I don't think is that much of a big deal. Unless you accumulate excess W's - like 3 for every semester you've been to. But is that even possible?
  24. MountainKing


    Nov 30, 2010
    I have 14 W's from just signing up for classes and not going basically. I'll let you know how my applications go. :xf:
  25. All4MyDaughter

    All4MyDaughter SDN Mommystrator Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    I had 4 or 5 Ws I think. No one ever asked me about them at either school I've attended. I doubt schools would ever screen based on Ws unless there were other serious red flags on the transcripts.
  26. Lagunatic

    Lagunatic ^_^ 5+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    San Francisco
    I took a multi-variable calculus course after college for further math interest but it turned out, not to be that interesting and I withdrawled. Do I need to talk about this and do I need to get a transcript if it was the only course I took at that college?

    I would assume I don't need to talk about it but I should still include it in my application. Just asking for reassurance.
  27. MeowMeowCAT

    MeowMeowCAT 2+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    You will probably need the transcript, just because it's part of your post-high school academic record at this point, and that usually follows you with every application from college to college until...pretty much, forever. :laugh:

    As for talking about it, if asked, it's your word against their' as far as the reason for the W. You can be honest and simply admit that you lacked interest in that class, and wanted to instead focus on other classes, work, etc. Basically, as long as you do not say "I withdrew because I was failing", any excuse for a W is very often okay.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011
  28. pharmfut00


    Oct 14, 2015
    I have about 10 W's, 4 for medical reasons and the others because I was overloading on my courses and working. I was literally taking 8 classes a semester at this time, two of those were because I realized I did not need to take that specific course as well and was struggling so just decided to drop. Do you think I have chances of still getting into pharmacy school?

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