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What's Worse: Dropping or taking a GPA hit?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by usf4me, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. usf4me


    Jan 27, 2007
    Not sure whether to stay in a class or drop it.

    It's a science worth 3 credits.

    In this world of premed a B isn't good enough to make the cuts

    Not sure whether to take the B or drop and retake for an A

    what do you think?
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  3. trevagandalf

    trevagandalf 7+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    Depends on what class it is and what are the rest of your grade and whether you think you'll be able to get an A next time. If it is a pre-req, the rest of your grades are mediocre and you think you can do better, than retake it. If it is not a pre-req, don't retake it. One B is not the end of the world and if you retake it and still get a B, that just looks horrible!
  4. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    A W followed by repeating the course for an A (or repeating and still getting a B :eek: ) screams "protecting the gpa". That is worse than a B.

    If you graduate with 120 credits at 4 points each you have 480 grade points. If you have one B worth 3 credits and As on the other 117 credits you have 477 grade points. That's a negligible difference.
  5. gary5

    gary5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    I'd take the B and learn the lesson: You need to study harder and earlier for each course. Raise the bar.
  6. hawkeyepeirce

    hawkeyepeirce 7+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    I will respectfully take the opposing view. If you are certain you will not need to drop any other class as an undergrad, and if your GPA is likely to be harmed by a B, then re-take. In other words if this is truly a one-time thing, then take the W and be sure to get an A when you retake it.

    As for it appearing like you are protecting your GPA--you are--that's what A's do. They also show mastery of the subject matter, which is what matters.
  7. Kingfish

    Kingfish New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Depends on how many Ws you already have. My advice is to just drop it and retake it if this is your first withdrawel. No school would ever question one or two Ws on a transcript and if it comes up in an interview just make sure you have a better excuse than "I spread myself too thin" or "I bombed the first test"

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