What is the difference between dropping a course and withdrawing from a course?

Students may drop a course any time before the end of the fifth week of the semester without creating a permanent record of having been in the course. They can do so through Penn InTouch. After the fifth week of classes, and up to the end of the tenth week, students may, with the permission of the instructor, withdraw from a class. The grade point average will not be affected, but a W will appear on the transcript. One or two withdrawals during a college career are acceptable, but students should avoid a pattern. In any event, students should always consult with an advisor before dropping or withdrawing below 4 course units, as this may affect athletic eligibility, financial aid or visa status for international students.

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