The final drop deadline is approaching (Friday, November 2), so now’s the time to talk to an academic advisor or Dean on Call if you’re considering a drop. Points to remember:
- Dropping a course is always better than failing it.
- Dropping a course at this point in the semester will result in a drop notation on your transcript. A handful of these throughout your academic career are not concerning. Employers and graduate schools will be most interested in patterns of behavior and underlying causes of repeated drops.
- A grade of “D” is passing, though in some cases you may need to earn a higher grade to progress to the next course in a sequence or to count a course for a specific requirement.
- Talk to your instructor about your progress. Is it still feasible to pass? What do you need to do to get there?
- If you’re likely to pass but concerned about not getting the grade you want, talk with your advisor. Dropping at this point means sacrificing weeks of work you have already invested.
- Dropping one course or several is different from withdrawing, which means to drop ALL of your courses for the term. The deadline to withdraw is Friday, November 23.