What is a WF on the Transcript? Is it the Same as a W?

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What is a WF on the Transcript? Is it the Same as a W?

Session 30

If you have a WF on your transcript, you may not understand the full implications of how that will affect your medical school application. It counts as an F!

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[00:35] WF vs W

A WF, by the way, is not the same as a W. When you withdraw from a class in school, it will show up as a W on your transcript. And that does not get counted for anything for medical school admissions purposes.

You need to put it in your transcript or in your application. It doesn’t count. It doesn’t have any credits.

[01:10] When a W is Negative

The only negative is if you have too many withdrawals, where there is this weird pattern that you’ve been withdrawing all the time.

[01:22] What’s a WF?

In some schools, after you withdraw the normal withdrawal period, you will get a WP on your transcript.

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When you put a WF into your application, it gets marked as an F. The credits count and your grade counts as an F. So it can really hurt you.

All this being said, before you get to a point where you’re going to get a WP on transcript and you’re thinking about withdrawing from a course, go back and talk to the person in charge. Talk to them and ask what will show up on your transcript should you decide to withdraw from the class. Make sure it’s a W and not a WF. This way, you don’t have to put in an F in your AMCAS or AACOMAS application. Otherwise, an F will really hurt you.


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