Lots of students who contemplate withdrawing from a course wonder about how W's will be received and perceived by others, such as employers or graduate/professional schools. What you decide to do after attending SUU will help you determine the consequences of having W's on your transcript.

Students interested in pursuing additional education at graduate school or professional school (e.g. medical, dental, law, veterinary, etc.) should avoid withdrawing from courses as a GPA management strategy. Having one or two W's on your transcript may not be a big deal to most graduate and professional schools, but if you have multiple W's on your transcript, it may lead some reviewers to question your ability to complete a rigorous and demanding curriculum. Therefore, it is wise to consult with your academic advisor, your faculty advisor, and the graduate/professional school you anticipate attending to make sure a 'W' on you transcript will not adversely impact your admissions application.

Some employers may request a copy of your transcript and evaluate it before offering you a job. Having multiple 'W's on your transcript may lead them to question your ability. Again, be careful about using course withdrawal as a way to manage your GPA.

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