At my school, if you withdraw before the drop date, it shows up as a W. If you withdraw after the drop date, it shows up as a WP or WF (withdraw passing or withdraw failing).
Basically, my third semester I got really sick and ended up in the hospital for a little, missing about a week and a half of class. I came back, dropped a class, and tried to catch up in my other classes. But stress, health, and being behind really got to me, and I ended up withdrawing from all of my classes for the semester.
So now on my transcript, I have one W and four WP's for one semester.
It also pushed me a semester behind, so now I'll be graduating in 5 years, while stretching my last two semesters out to part time to save money. On a side note, my GPA stands around 3.91, but my school seems to cushion GPA in the fact that they give +'s but no -'s.
Will these W's really hurt my application even with a health reason?
Does 5 years and going part time hurt it as well? Should I toss more money down to just go full time for extra classes, even though they wouldn't be physics related?