What to do with a 3.1 GPA

I am a sophomore but I don't know what to do for recruitment given that my GPA is so low. I am confident I can get my GPA to roughly a 3.3 at the end of the semester.

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flastemteam0, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for your response. What are your thoughts on only listing major GPA?         

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AFoldingChair, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's got pros and cons.

Pros are that it'll get you past the screener, and gives you a better chance at landing an interview.

Cons are that it infers to the interviewer that your regular GPA is worse. How worse is up to their imagination.

3.5 is the GPA cutoff for many banks. Given that the spread is a 3.8 vs 3.1 I'd use the major GPA. But be honest when asked and be prepared to explain it.

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  • VP in ER

Yeah definitely use the 3.8 only. Because if you also show the overall 3.1, any analyst is going to realize that the non-major GPA must be pretty bad. Show the 3.8 and hope no further discussion, but be honest in any response.

  • Prospect in ER

Keep it. Include on your major GPA. 3.1 isn't the worst but at least you have above a 3. I had a 2.9 cumulative and left it off, no major GPA and I was able to get interviews with allot of top teams including II-ranked analysts and I have yet to be asked for it. Of course, leaving it off has probably cost me quite a few opportunities. Show you have the skills, attach a stock pitch and do a writeup/model, etc. 

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Smoke Frog, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Roll with major only gpa.

Think of it this way, if you list your overall gpa you will never get a decent interview. If you list your major gpa, you at least have a shot and then can explain if necessary.

It's the same logic fat chicks use old photos on dating apps, or short guys lie in their dating bios. They are just trying to get to the date and then wow the other person with their personality.

I had a 2.3 gpa and still got into a BB analyst program. Nothing is impossible, just unlikely.

Although it was over ten years ago and I was coming from an Ivy. And networked well.

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