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Current sophomore at private school in DC however, I did my freshman year at another institution before transferring in as a sophomore. Should I include the gpa from that school into the cumulative gpa on my resume or just list the gpa from my current institution?

Cumulative GPA (including my first school)
3.81

Cumulative GPA (current undergraduate institution)
3.625

Comments (10)

  • phillperry's picture

    Short Answer: No

    Don't combine them. No two institutions are the exact same with regards to academic vigor. Furthermore, you don't know if a recruiter will even request a transcript from both institutions. They may just request a transcript from the home university from which you will be graduating. Thus, they will be questioning how you came about the 3.8. Even if they do request a transcript from both universities, I assure you they will not take time to calculate your combined GPA.

    However, you do want to indicate on your resume that you attended both universities. At the very least, it can provide some small talk as to why you transfered, etc. Also, you may indicate cumulative GPA's from both institutions.

    Example
    Institution Y: xx/4.0
    Institution Z: xx/4.0

    With that said, don't mull over GPA logistics. Too many people spend too much time on what to do with their GPA (round up, round down, don't round, include major GPA, don't include major GPA, etc). Your grades are considered, but in and of itself does not sell you.

  • In reply to phillperry
    Quarterlife's picture

    phillperry wrote:
    Short Answer: No

    Don't combine them. No two institutions are the exact same with regards to academic vigor. Furthermore, you don't know if a recruiter will even request a transcript from both institutions. They may just request a transcript from the home university from which you will be graduating. Thus, they will be questioning how you came about the 3.8. Even if they do request a transcript from both universities, I assure you they will not take time to calculate your combined GPA.

    However, you do want to indicate on your resume that you attended both universities. At the very least, it can provide some small talk as to why you transfered, etc. Also, you may indicate cumulative GPA's from both institutions.

    Example
    Institution Y: xx/4.0
    Institution Z: xx/4.0

    With that said, don't mull over GPA logistics. Too many people spend too much time on what to do with their GPA (round up, round down, don't round, include major GPA, don't include major GPA, etc). Your grades are considered, but in and of itself does not sell you.

    +1

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  • SECfinance's picture

    What phillperry said.

    You'll want your education section to look like this:

    UNIVERSITY A Washington, DC
    GPA: 3.XX/4.00 Expected May 2013

    UNIVERSITY B Anywhere, USA
    GPA: 3.XX/4.00 August 2009 - May 2010

    Make sense? Absolutely do not combine them, doing that is misrepresenting yourself.

  • __________'s picture

    I have been told many different things by many different people with regards to this. My opinion is that if you do show a combined GPA, make sure it is known to be the combination of your GPAs from both institutions on both your resume and in your interviews. Be honest as to why you decided to include it.

    I have a question. I have been out of university for a year, had a FT at a data analysis/consulting type firm, and now am doing an internship with a PWM group just to signal my interest in banking. Since I've been out of school for a year, should I still include GPA?

    Sorry to threadjack.

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  • the_rainmaker's picture

    Rule:

    =if(gpa_currentuniv>=gpa_prevuniv, list gpa_currentuniv only, list both)

  • In reply to the_rainmaker
    EduardoSaverin's picture

    the_rainmaker wrote:
    Rule:

    =if(gpa_currentuniv>=gpa_prevuniv, list gpa_currentuniv only, list both)

    It is. 4.00 on 30 credits from first school. 3.625 on 28 credits from second school. combined its 3.81 unweighted, 3.83 weighted.

  • West Coast rainmaker's picture

    You could if you indicated that it was the sum of all your undergraduate work. But phillperry has the right idea: it doesn't really matter.

    You are above the GPA cutoff for most firms, and the marginal difference between a 3.6 and a 3.8 will not be the deciding factor in 99.9% of cases, at least for IBD.

    That being said, some jobs (consulting, some f500) care about GPA. In that case, calculate it as generously as possible without breaking ethical bounds.

  • In reply to __________
    West Coast rainmaker's picture

    __________ wrote:
    Since I've been out of school for a year, should I still include GPA?

    Yes. You will be including your GPA even post MBA, unless it really is horrific. I mean, sub-3.0 communications major horrific.

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    Quarterlife's picture

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