All depends on who you ask. But yes some people see all kinds of infamy in a withdraw or "Q-drop". Some people won't care, but others will think you left it because you were doing poorly and wanted to save your GPA, or were afraid of failing. They won't know if you dropped the class 2 weeks and 1 day after it started, or waited until the very last minute. I got all kinds of criticism for withdrawing an <deleted for anonymity> class of all things.
I enrolled in the course because I was kicked out of a math class when they moved the time which created a scheduling conflict with physics, and wanted to finish the <deleted for anonymity> core. But after the 2 week period I found out it wasn't the right 'type' of <deleted for anonymity>class and I wouldn't get core credit for it. The class was pretty miserable too. The prof was teaching ideas that seemed wrong to me and to other students, and he was giving bad grades too. So I just withdrew.
While I think it's a legit withdraw, the impression I'm getting is that it's frowned upon to give reasons or excuses for blemishes on one's record, so I probably won't list the explanation on my application, and people looking at my record could come up with all kinds of retarded theories about my ability for graduate study based on the 'W'. But in both of our cases it shouldn't be a big deal as long as we don't withdraw again. Good luck.
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