3/2/12

I transferred my freshman year from a non-target school with a 3.8 to another non-target school and graduated in May of 2011. My GPA at the school I graduated from did not account for my first year, nor any summer classes I took at different universities, leading to a lower 'final GPA.'

Presently on my resume, I have listed my two schools and a "Cumulative GPA" correctly weighting both GPAs together. Is this considered lying or dishonest? Will firms only look at my graduating school transcript and see that it is lower than what I have listed on my resume? I am not trying to lie about my grades but my final school GPA does not accurately reflect all four years of my college career. Can anyone offer any advice regarding the correct way to accurately display my highest possible GPA??

Thank you for all the help.

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3/2/12

Good question... I am also curious about this.

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3/2/12

As am I...

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3/2/12

I would say you'd be okay. You have a very good explanation if anyone inquires why there is a discrepancy.

3/2/12

If it comes up, just explain it the way you have above. There are quite a few people that fall into this same boat, and if you mention it during your interviews it won't be a big deal if HR tries to flag you for it if/when they double check it.

3/2/12
3/2/12

Its basically lying. You didnt graduate from the school where you went your freshman year.

In reply to Bernankey
3/2/12
Bernankey:

Its basically lying. You didnt graduate from the school where you went your freshman year.

Definitely not lying. You earned those grades, doesn't matter if you graduated or not. With this philosophy then if you got a 1.7 freshman year then you can just totally cancel that out?

"If you survive to my age and you rack up a CV like mine, you can look at HR and say, "Fuck you. I don't try out."- Eddie

In reply to turtle
3/2/12
turtle:
Bernankey:

Its basically lying. You didnt graduate from the school where you went your freshman year.

Definitely not lying. You earned those grades, doesn't matter if you graduated or not. With this philosophy then if you got a 1.7 freshman year then you can just totally cancel that out?

With your philosophy can I go to a community college during the summer, get a 4.0, and then weight my GPA to reflect the scores I got there despite my school not accepting them?

3/2/12

It sounds like it might just come down to the individual interviewer, mood he or she is in, and/or receptiveness to my situation that particular day. I am aware of both sides of the story (i.e. turtle v bernankey), and at the end of the day simply do not want to get caught "lying" because that will for sure kill my chances at any opportunity.

Should I just list both schools, the respective GPA's, and then at the top make a "Cumulative GPA" line? I agree with Banan and Rupert regarding my reasoning. I also transferred to a more difficult school (still non-target) and was a collegiate athlete all four years as well, if that makes any difference.

Thank you for the advice everyone

In reply to Bernankey
3/2/12
Bernankey:
turtle:
Bernankey:

Its basically lying. You didnt graduate from the school where you went your freshman year.

Definitely not lying. You earned those grades, doesn't matter if you graduated or not. With this philosophy then if you got a 1.7 freshman year then you can just totally cancel that out?

With your philosophy can I go to a community college during the summer, get a 4.0, and then weight my GPA to reflect the scores I got there despite my school not accepting them?

CC was not mentioned (whole different thing) and I am assuming that when he means calculating the GPA he is not adding both GPAs and dividing it by 2. If he adds his freshman grades to the other 3 years grades and calculates the GPA that way then he isn't lying, sure it might not be the most valid way to do it but you have an explanation.

"If you survive to my age and you rack up a CV like mine, you can look at HR and say, "Fuck you. I don't try out."- Eddie

In reply to Bernankey
3/2/12
Bernankey:

Its basically lying. You didnt graduate from the school where you went your freshman year.

It's not lying at all. He is disclosing that he went to a different college on his resume, so the interviewer knows that all of his grades didn't come from his final university. It would be lying if he were to omit the grades because they were poor, or if he included them and didn't list the other university.

3/3/12

They don't have something about this on your career services site?? My school (target): you list both schools and dates of attendance on your resume, along with the respective GPAs. You NEVER combine different school's courses/grades unless it's through your school, like study abroad or something.

Basically, summer classes at random schools shouldn't count into your GPA unless they show up on your graduated school transcript. If it's significant you can list the summer classes university separately, but having 3+ universities just gets sketchy...

3/3/12

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