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Does an N or W look bad on a high school transcript to colleges?
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I have a 4.0 at the moment (all A's), but I am taking a class that I am having trouble handling. If I drop the class, I will receive an N or W on my transcript, most likely an N. Will this look bad to colleges like Harvard, Stanford, UPENN, etc.?

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A single W or N on your high school transcript is generally not a major concern for top-tier colleges like Harvard, Stanford, or UPenn. Admissions officers understand that students may face challenges and make adjustments. If you decide to drop a class, it's important you provide context in your college application, explaining the reasons behind the decision. Did you simply take too much all at once and can not handle the work load or do you have other circumstances that explain this situation? I personally dropped a class in high school and I do not think it impacted me that much. Just make sure that you are maintaining consistency and rigor in your overall curriculum and focus on other areas of your application like ECs, test scores, and essays.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

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