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Last Day to Drop with a "W" FAQ

Drop with a W Spring 2014

When is the last day I can drop a class with a W?

What does a W mean?

Does a W affect my GPA?

If I complete the class down the road will the W be removed?

Is it “bad” to have a W on my transcript?

Does having a W affect my financial aid?

What if withdrawing from a class puts me below full-time?

 What happens if I want to withdraw from the class after the deadline has passed?

I’m just not sure if I should withdraw and get a W, or if I should try to stick it out.

If I decide to withdraw from a class, do I need to have an advisor do it for me?

I tried withdrawing from a class, but I received an error message. What should I do?

I would like to talk to an advisor before I make my final decision. Is that possible?

When is the last day I can drop a class with a W?

You can find the last date to drop for each semester on the Academic Calendar: http://www.luc.edu/academics/schedules/index.shtml. Make sure you are looking at the correct year.

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What does a W mean?

A W indicates that a student enrolled in class, but withdrew after the first week of classes.

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Does a W affect my GPA?

No, a W does not affect your GPA.

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If I complete the class down the road will the W be removed?

No, the W will remain on your transcript.

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Is it “bad” to have a W on my transcript?

 In general, having one or two Ws should not be detrimental to your future. However, if you have several Ws on your transcript, it may cause concern to a person who is evaluating your academic record for employment, admissions into a graduate program and/or a scholarship application. Please note:

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Does having a W affect my financial aid?

FSYA strongly advises that students check with The Hub before dropping a class. Even if dropping a class will not put you below full-time status, it is best that you make sure that any grants or scholarships do not require you to maintain a course load above 12 hours. If the W will put you below 12 hours, then you must speak to someone at the Hub first to discuss what affects, if any, it will have on your financial aid.

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What if withdrawing from a class puts me below full-time?

If the W will drop you below 12 hours, then you must speak to someone at the Hub first to discuss what effects, if any, it will have on your financial aid.

If you live on campus, you will need to get written permission from the Director of Residence Life, Mr. Cass Coughlin (ccough2@luc.edu). Once you receive permission from Residence Life to remain in your residence-hall at part-time status, you should print out the email and bring it to First and Second Year Advising so that an advisor can process the withdrawal.

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What happens if I want to withdraw from the class after the deadline has passed?

If you decide to withdraw from a class after the deadline, you will receive a WF on your transcript. A WF DOES affect your GPA, the same way an F does.

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I’m just not sure if I should withdraw and get a W, or if I should try to stick it out.

Ultimately, the decision is yours to make, but here are some steps you can take BEFORE withdrawing from a class:

The Writing Center for help writing papers (http://www.luc.edu/writing/home/).

University Libraries for help with finding research for papers and projects (http://libraries.luc.edu/).

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If I decide to withdraw from a class, do I need to have an advisor do it for me?

First-semester first-year students, student athletes, and some students on academic probation are unable to make changes to their schedules in the fall semester, including withdrawing from a class. Therefore, a first-semester first-year, or a student on academic probation will need to see an advisor to withdraw from a class.

After the fall of their first-year, all students in good standing can withdraw from a class as long as the withdrawal will not put him/her below full-time status. 

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I tried withdrawing from a class, but I received an error message. What should I do?

If you receive an error message, make note of the details. You are encouraged to come to a walk-in session in Sullivan 260 so that an advisor can assist you.

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I would like to talk to an advisor before I make my final decision. Is that possible?

Absolutely! First and Second Year Advising has walk-ins Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sullivan 260. You may also call 773-508-7714 to ask about extended walk-in hours on the last day to withdraw from a class with a W.

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First and Second Year Advising
Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.508.7714 · E-mail: FSYAdvising@luc.edu

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