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I'm a sophomore at a top school and I've had a difficult semester (personal issues). Most likely, I will end up getting a C in Calculus. It is my lowest grade in college so far and an outlier in terms of what I've normally been getting. Will top consulting firms see this and pass me up off the bat, even with an otherwise respectable GPA (that I will continue to improve) and solid leadership and extracurricular experience?

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Comments (9)

  • Newspeak's picture

    A lot of firms don't ask to see your transcript until after they've already given you an offer. If you have a good GPA, that's what matters. To the extent that it does matter, networking can easily overcome it. That said, the semester isn't over yet so go all out to get 100's on everything else in that class, if you can.

  • AtlGator's picture

    One grade won't make or break you, just don't let it become a habit

  • MECEmoron's picture

    I agree with Newspeak. Many things can be overcome with effective networking. I had a very mediocre SAT score (<1900), but was still able to secure an offer from one of the "elite boutiques".

    One thing that can't easily be overcome, however, is a low GPA. So do whatever it takes to keep it above 3.5 and you should be fine.

  • BankingWaffle's picture

    DollaDollaBill:
    I'm a sophomore at a top school and I've had a difficult semester (personal issues). Most likely, I will end up getting a C in Calculus. It is my lowest grade in college so far and an outlier in terms of what I've normally been getting. Will top consulting firms see this and pass me up off the bat, even with an otherwise respectable GPA (that I will continue to improve) and solid leadership and extracurricular experience?

    Don't worry, if consulting doesn't work out, you can still easily get a job as a UBS quant.

    Cheers.

  • valleybandar's picture

    not a big deal at all.

  • RecycleBrah's picture

    No, but not recycling does.

    "Can't someone else do it?"
    No.

  • protectedclass's picture

    Pack your shit. Mexico might be your only resort.

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