At my school, so long as you 'drop' within the first two weeks of classes, the course wouldn't show up on your transcript--there would be no record of you having ever even signed up for it!
After the two week grace period however, changes to a course schedule would be considered a withdrawal and recorded as a "W" on your transcripts. That wouldn't be factored into your GPA at my school. Unless, you've withdrawn from more than five classes. The sixth class, and subsequent classes withdrawn from are recorded as a 0.00--just as bad as getting a F! OUCH! That school was strict, to say the least.
Unfortunately, I used up all of my freebie withdrawals early on in my academic career at that school. So, I've got a couple of extra "W" grades on my transcript which decimated my GPA. I'm hoping that I can go the community college LPN>LPN-to-ADN>RN-to-BSN route. It's long process (if any school/programs will even take me), but that's what I've got to do to show that I'm not a total screw-up.
It doesn't sound like you're too far gone, SamanthaJCosta! Have hope. You'll get there. emt0089's post was really inspiring! It seems like people really can turn around a scary academic record if they're willing to do hard work.
Last edit by quirk on Mar 25
: Reason: clarity