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i was given the advice from someone, who had done an SA and 2yr analyst at the same boutique firm and now does PE, that I could put my a post 1st year GPA on my resume.

I screwed up 1st year but was also taking tough premed classes which are killing my gpa right now. I have already included my overall gpa along with my major(econ)gpa and my minor (finance) gpa, which are both considerably higher than my overall. He thinks I should put my post 1st year GPA next to my overall as well in my resume. He thinks I should include the premed freshman year somewhere either on cover letter or resume but I have no idea where I would put it.

could anyone give me their opinions?

also, do you think i could get away with rounding to 1 decimal point i.e. x.xx to x.x?
the largest rounding i did was .04 of a point from 3.46 to 3.5.

Thanks in advance

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Comments (8)

  • EpicWinner123's picture

    I would keep the 3.46 at 3.46.

    As for post 1st year, Slap it on there. I do not think it will hurt, and it actually helped me.

    I have a 3.255 (yeah, I know) because I started in Pharmacy. But my sophomore year GPA is a 3.88, so I bolded that ho, and it's been brought up every interview. (granted, i cant land IB, but for finance positions) i dont think you can lose.

    Just dont put your 1st year.

    When they ask, say it wasnt for me, so i did considerably worse. however, i have shown improvement yaddayadda

  • In reply to EpicWinner123
    tdecast's picture

    im actually 3.081 overall, do you think i could pass for 3.1?

    also if i left it at 3.46, which is my post 1st year, then i would have to change all gpas to 2 decimals. I understand that 3.5 is sort of the bar so its a bigger deal to round from 3.46 to 3.5 than say 3.36 to 3.4

  • PowerMonkey's picture

    If you put down your post-1st year, or some other non-standard metric it won't really count (bankers just laugh that you had to do that). As to rounding, yes you should put down a 3.5 instead of a 3.46 on your resume, they won't care. However, if a for a specific firm you have to fill out a form that say are you 3.0-3.5 or 3.5-4.0, you are 3.0-3.5.

    That 3.081 or whatever is in realy something like 3.08119280123 or some shit, round to a reasonable level, one decimal is fine.

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  • Ranger's picture

    i had a couple of friends do that because they transfered from being a pre-med to business. usually pre-med classes will lower the GPA considerably (orgo, bio, chem...) so a lot of them will leave pre-med GPAs out of cum GPA.

  • jman's picture

    ^^^ Ranger, can you do that? I mean technically the pre-med is calculated into the cum isn't it? Just curious

  • PowerMonkey's picture

    When I review resumes, there are only 2 GPAs I will look at, cumulative and major. If your major GPA isn't higher than your cumulative thats a ding. A much higher major GPA can redeem you, especially since most places you don't choose a major right away and can get away from those "pre-med" classes or whatever.

    You can always discuss in a cover letter, or in an interview why your GPA is what it is, but at the end of the day saying, "I didn't work hard enough my freshman year" isn't gonna cut it.

    To the OP, put cumulative and major GPA, round to one decimal.

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