The difference between dropping a course and withdrawing from a course is based on the time at which the student decides to stop participating in a class. If a student decides to stop participating in a course BEFORE the withdrawal deadline, it is defined as dropping a course. If a student decides to stop participating in a course AFTER the deadline, it is defined as withdrawing from a course.

If a student drops a course, the course will not be included on their transcript.

If a student withdraws from a course, the course will be included on their transcript with a 'W.' This 'W' indicates to transcript reviewers that the student attempted the course but eventually withdrew prior to completing the course for a letter grade. 'W's do not count towards a student's GPA.

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