Putting Expected GPA and Deans List On Resume?

I wanted to know if putting expected for "deans honors list" is fine? I have seen this done before but wanted to get your guy's opinion.

Also, based on my exam performances I am expecting a GPA of at least 3.5. How should I go about putting this on my resume? I am applying for a couple of positions at start ups and possibly a VC firm in the next day or two and want this GPA on my resume as results don't come out for couple of weeks. Can I also put expected for my GPA or would my resume look weird having both deans list and GPA as expected?

By the way I am sophomore.

Thanks!

Comments (59)

Apr 25, 2009 - 1:09am
johnc435345, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you're a sophomore then you should be putting your CGPA on your resume. I would NOT put expected GPA or expected Dean's List. This is for the same reason you would NOT put an upcoming internship on your resume - resume's are for what you've accomplished, not what you will accomplish.

Apr 25, 2009 - 3:15am
trailmix8, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would never put expected anything on a resume. As a sophomore your GPA does not matter that much anyway. If you can't get above a 3.5 in basic freshman and soph classes you need to re-evaluate your career goals. By placing expected GPA, you show that you do not understand what is important for SA positions anyway and shouldn't be applying.

As a recruiter, if I see items like "expected GPA" I will not be eager to set up an interview.

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Apr 25, 2009 - 8:48am
CompBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I agree that you should not put an expected GPA on your resume. This is an immediate red flag that the candidate is underqualified and is seeking to boost or twist their accomplishments. Also, you have no way of knowing for sure if you will achieve the grades you are expecting, making the number pretty meaningless. Also, the person reviewing your resume doesn't know what you're expecting, so they might just assume you've factored a 4.0 from your most recent semester into there. Either way, it is not a good idea.

As for expected Dean's list, leave it off. To achieve Dean's list you pretty much just need to hit the GPA cutoff, so having this on your resume really doesn't tell me anything additional about you.

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Apr 25, 2009 - 9:27am
zzstormriderzz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Did not get the expected GPA. Am I fucked? (Originally Posted: 05/01/2013)

Before that, I thought I could at least get my CGPA to be bumped up from 3.43 to 3.59 this semester. After finishing all the finals, now it turns out I might get 3.52 this semester. Considering that this is my last semester in the college, and also the fact that I have always wanted to get into Harvard MBA( best MBA option for me) in the future, am I doomed this time for getting lower than expected gpa? Is there a big difference between 3.52 and 3.59 UG GPA? How would the adcom perceive this?I know the average UG GPA for harvard MBA admission last year was 3.66

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:28am
holla_back, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The difference is not big enough to worry about. Everything else (meaning your work experience) will count for far more.

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:33am
zzstormriderzz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Forgot to mention that I am graduating with an Econ honors degree from a public non-Ivy (think like Indiana University, Wisconsin Madison). Is 3.53 GPA with a business major considered a low GPA for adcom? Also, the fact that I am not from Ivy.

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:31am
Ipso facto, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Honestly, I don't know much. But I do know Harvard MBA is tough for anybody to get into. Even target school grads with 3.8+ GPAs etc... So by percentages, it's not looking good for you.

On the bright side, 3.52 is generally considered a solid GPA. It's good enough to get you into IBD and the like. And if you can do that, economically speaking, you'll probably end up with a pretty cushy life. Good luck

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:32am
Sikes, what's your opinion? Comment below:

troll? it's .07 difference

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:38am
SilvioBerlusconi, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Holy!!!!! A 3.52????!!??!? If you had said a 3.59 I would have said you were fine but with something as low as a 3.52 you're definitely fucked. Especially coming from somewhere as unprestigious as Indiana (might as well be coming from a comm college!) Upon seeing your app, adcom will douse the paper print out of your app in kerosene, light it on fire, and bury the ashes in a lead capsules somewhere in siberia or in the middle of the mariana trench. Dude you're so fucked.

"Yes. Money has been a little bit tight lately, but at the end of my life, when I'm sitting on my yacht, am I gonna be thinking about how much money I have? No. I'm gonna be thinking about how many friends I have and my children and my comedy albums."
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Apr 25, 2009 - 9:39am
Beny23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't cry over spilled milk. At this point you can't change it. It's not only GPA that plays into your MBA program acceptance.

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:40am
OutsideMan, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have a 3.1.....aint no thang. about to graduate this semester too. I go to a private school however and have a 60k job at a BB. not too bad coming out of college. So long as you're happy thats what matters. and not everyone that goes to HBS accomplishes great things, and not everyone who doesnt go to HBS doesnt accomplish great things.

"The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter"
Apr 25, 2009 - 9:41am
zzstormriderzz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I just received my finals results today. So I got a 3.86 GPA( best semester so far in my college), and it pushes up my overall GPA to 3.57. I know it is not really high but somehow I feel contented considering I only got 2.39 in my first semester and had bad academic performance until my junior year( was diagnosed with depression). Things really aren't looking that bad for me at the moment, and now I am really looking forward to my MBA. Thanks everyone for your comments. And yes, I finally made it into Dean's list! And Graduation is coming !Hooray!

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:46am
CreditAnalyst85, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This can't be a serious question. 0.07 difference?

You are about to graduate undergrad and you sound like you are prepping to start an MBA this fall!

Stop living 4-6 years in the future. Holy hell, why are so many people on here so mind numbingly dense and unable to see the big picture? Harvard is "the best option for you"? This is what senior people on this board mean when kids fail because they are so caught up in "the end goal" rather than learning and being passionate about what is right in front of you.

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:50am
quixoticelixer, what's your opinion? Comment below:
zzstormriderzz:

Before that, I thought I could at least get my CGPA to be bumped up from 3.43 to 3.59 this semester. After finishing all the finals, now it turns out I might get 3.52 this semester. Considering that this is my last semester in the college, and also the fact that I have always wanted to get into Harvard MBA( best MBA option for me) in the future, am I doomed this time for getting lower than expected gpa? Is there a big difference between 3.52 and 3.59 UG GPA? How would the adcom perceive this?I know the average UG GPA for harvard MBA admission last year was 3.66

I feel sorry that you put that much stress on yourself regarding grades- but hey, to each his own I guess. If this makes you feel any better my buddy just graduated from NYU (although not Harvard, but top 10) and he got in with an undergrad GPA of 2.5...dead serious. Although I achieved very sub-par undergrad grades (just graduated) I'm a firm believer that you can still achieve things if you want it that bad.

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:51am
BlackHat, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Can't tell if Asian

Edit: just kidding. i can totally tell.

I hate victims who respect their executioners
Apr 25, 2009 - 9:53am
admitsuccess1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are many many things that go into consideration when AdComs review applications, HBS or otherwise. If you have other criteria in your application in your favor, this GPA will not make a difference-it's good!

Carol Grayson
Apr 25, 2009 - 9:58am
bwggpb, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Actual GPA vs Expected GPA (Originally Posted: 08/25/2009)

Hi,

I wanted to know if I should put on my Resume the expected GPA (if I have one year left and if I know that I will improve it) instead of my actual GPA (which would be lower / 3.3)?

Wouldn't it be too pretentious putting an expected GPA of 3.8ish since I will start my major during my last year's degree?

Thx

Apr 25, 2009 - 9:59am
BankonBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Your resume is a snapshot of what's already happened in your life - not what you expect to happen. Sorry to be blunt, but you have no idea what your grades will be until it is finalized and the grades are posted. Stick with your current GPA and next semester, after your GPA is improved, you will be able to boast a much more impressive GPA.

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Apr 25, 2009 - 10:01am
Battleship, what's your opinion? Comment below:

sure, you can put it but they might ask you to provide transcripts so just have reasonable explanation behind 3.5 gpa

even in online applications, they always put "predicted/achieved" choice

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:02am
postman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

basic math taught me that you don't round up unless its .5 and above..... therefore, you are not supposed to round up a 3.34 to 3.4.

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:08am
johnwayne7, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When/how to post your anticipated GPA for the end of a semester (Originally Posted: 09/20/2013)

I did a search and some chump a few years back thought it would be a good idea to post his expected GPA 3 semesters out. Please note that that is not the nature of this question.

I have a lame GPA regardless, but this semester is going to help it over the edge of a psychological benchmark, allowing me to round in an advantageous manner. I am fairly certain this semester will be a 4.0 based on the classes I'm enrolled in, but obviously that's not a guarantee. I am wondering if it's ethical/reasonable to post my updated GPA before I have my university grade report sent to me in mid-December. I'm talking like mid to late November, when I might even know I'm exempt from a final in 1 or 2 of my particularly easier classes if I have an A. I could be still sending out my resumes late to regional firms at that point.

FWIW this is for IBD SA recruiting. Thanks.

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:11am
ER_Lover, what's your opinion? Comment below:

All about grades - Expected / Predicted / Whatever.. (Originally Posted: 10/11/2012)

So when filling out online applications, students are asked for their expected grade / GPA / you name it.

What about somebody who just started his studies (e.g. in a Msc program) and has not had any assessment / exam and hence no grade yet?

Would you guys still say "Expecting First / 3.7 / .. " to avoid the automatic cut-off by the system?

Im having a hard time with that point right now ?!

Thx.

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:13am
Cruncharoo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I went into every semester expecting a 4.0 in college, so I'd put that. Although I don't think I ever had a 4.0 semester I still expected one every single time.

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..
Apr 25, 2009 - 10:14am
jordan25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don´t get it too. What grades count at the end of the day?

Don´t say this in a banking interview: Which superhero would you be and why? I want to be like Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor - me.
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Apr 25, 2009 - 10:15am
Iceman21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

GPA - Lower than expected (Originally Posted: 11/09/2010)

So if your cumaltive GPA from the two schools is going to be lower than expected at the end of the year.

Lets say I applied during fall semester and I had a 3.6 and that falls to a 3.50 by the end of the semester but you applied with a 3.6 because thats what was expected. Do you tell HR who you have a offer from? what do you do in that situation?

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:16am
Anonymous1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Damn son, you did some damage - what's that a 2.9 for the semester?

(3.6)6/7 + (x)1/7 = 3.5

=> x = 2.9

Nah, your good, unless it's going to jeopardize graduation.

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:17am
Iceman21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Two knee surgeries and alot of codeine for therapy. Shouldve just waited the semester in the bench.

So what should I tell HR. or do I have to tell them anything.

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:20am
swagon, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Iceman21:
alot of codeine for therapy.

Did you make sizzurp and sip it in your ride, like three six?

Apr 25, 2009 - 10:18am
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