The Deadline to withdraw with a mark of a “W” is Friday, April 7th.

Who should you speak with before dropping a class?

  • Faculty member(s): to confirm your current grade in the class and the scores you would need to obtain on your remaining assignments in order to pass or earn the desired grade. Prepare questions about previous midterms and assignments, as well as future assignments and use these as a topic of conversation.
  • Academic advisor: work with your advisor to fit the class back into your long-term plan (if needed), while making certain you meet all prerequisite requirements for future courses. Speak with them about your challenges in the class and how to change your approach in the future.
  • Parents: or other people who support you both financially and personally. In order to make-up the course you are withdrawing from, you may need to take summer school or fit the course back into your course plan; speak through the options your advisor and faculty member outlined.

Funding and special program considerations

  • Scholarship programs typically require a certain unit count to maintain the scholarship. If you are considering dropping a class, make sure you will still meet your scholarship’s unit requirement.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students receiving financial aid need to make certain they are meeting SAP; see SAP guidelines here: http://www.usc.edu/admission/fa/private/docs/1415/SAP20133_UG.pdf .
  • Speak with an administrator or advisor from Financial Aid or other programs you are a part of to make sure you are meeting those requirements. Athletes, for example, must meet certain unit requirements.

Implications of a W on your transcript

Every student’s situation is different, below are some general guidelines:

  • Typically, one “W” does not have a negative impact on a student’s academic record. Earning a “W” in multiple semesters should typically be avoided when possible. We recommend talking through the implications of a “W” on your transcript with your advisor.

Ultimately, you need to do what is best for you and we are here to help you think through the decision. You can schedule an appt. with your academic advisor or come to walk-ins in RTH 110 Tuesday and Wednesdays 2pm-4pm