Deciding whether or not to drop a class can be a tough decision. If you’re considering dropping a course – no matter what the reason may be – take a look at these steps so you can move forward with confidence.
Step 1: Ask Yourself “Why?”
Dropping a class is common, but it’s still an important decision that requires some thought. Consider the reason why you want to drop. Are you taking more credits than you can handle? Are you doing poorly in the class? Does your professor smell bad?
Not sure if your reason is legit? This is a good time to talk to your professor or adviser. They may even be able to suggest a more simple solution to your problem.
Step 2: Know the Basics
So, how far along are you in this course you want to drop? This is important – dropping a class and withdrawing from a class are two very different things!
Drop: Dropping a class means you’re ditching the course within the add/drop period. This will not show up on your transcript, and you can typically pick up a new replacement course. Heck yea!
Withdrawal: Withdrawing from a class happens after the add/drop period. The course will remain on your transcript with a ‘W’ as your grade, and you may not be refunded for the course. Bummer.
Your school may have a different name for it, but generally every school has an add/drop period. This refers to the period of time at the beginning of each semester when dropping a class will not be considered a withdrawal. Make sure to look up when this period occurs at your school.
Step 3: Think Ahead
Okay – let’s not make any rash decisions before knowing how this could affect your future. Here’s what to consider:
- Do I need this course to graduate?
- Will I have enough credits if I drop the course?
- Will the course be offered again?
- Can I still pick up a new course?
Once you understand the answers to these questions, you can start planning ahead. Still not confident? Meet with your professor or academic adviser.
If you’ve gone through all these steps and feel confident with your decision – congrats, go ahead and drop the course!
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