Originally Posted by Lawstudent
I have been accepted into law school and 100% you are penalized for having a string of cancelled courses but only McMaster does this. U of T doesn't care and dropped courses do not show up on your transcript, same thing with York. I completed my undergrad at York after transferring there, dropping maybe 6-7 courses where I knew I could not get an A. None of them show up on my transcript, one less hassle to worry about. I know at Queens you can drop a course mid semester and it also does not show up on transcript.
I have held many conversations with law school and graduate admissions, having more than 2+ cancelled courses on your transcript is an automatic red flag for them. So for those still completing their undergrads at Mac, I would caution you to be very careful in your course selections to make sure that you don't drop a course. A higher GPA is much more important than cancelled courses/ withdrawals on your transcript, but having a lot of them will exclude you from being admitted into the top graduate schools where students are getting accepted with no cancelled/ withdrawals on their transcripts.
P.S- To all those ranting on about how you're in university to learn and should not cancel despite a low grade, you'll think again when you're left with a useless undergrad in the job market because you could not get into grad school.
Just because at York and Queens you can drop courses without it showing up on your transcript, you can NOT assume that the same rules apply at Mac. This is false and will only get you (and anyone who takes your word for it) into trouble later on.
At McMaster, if you drop a course prior to the end of the drop/add date (i.e. last date to drop without financial penalty, usually 2 weeks into term), the course won't show up on your transcript. If you drop after this date, it is considered "cancelling" and it WILL show up on your transcript as "CAN" (meaning 'cancelled').
Interesting though that Queens gives you until halfway through the term.
UofT does consider cancelled courses for some programs. It depends. Also, schools don't always advertise when they do this.
I don't see how you being in law school can tell you whether or not Mac considers cancelled courses - Mac doesn't have a law school. Also, presumably with Mac as with everywhere else, it would depend on the specific program. There is rarely (if ever) a blanket policy for an entire university.