Do honors at graduation mean anything for IB/PE/HF/MBA?

Basically title. I'm curious as to whether honors at graduation (cum laude, magna, summa) mean anything when going through IB/PE/HF recruiting or if they are more of a personal achievement. Previous threads on this topic are quite old.

I have an IB internship for this summer and will hopefully be able to get cum laude when I come back to graduate next year, but I can take like 5-7 extra classes over two semesters to potentially reach magna cum laude and am wondering if that extra work is worth it (summa is already out of question for me). I'd be interested to hear from those of you that graduated with these honors as to whether they actually mean anything or if they ever helped you in your time in IB or when recruiting for PE or other? Or is it really more of just a personal achievement and no one gives a shit as to whether it's on your resume or not for PE/HF recruiting? Does it also differ if your at a target vs semi- or non-target and does it carry any weight for MBA applications if I felt like following that path in the future? Thanks in advance!

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May 17, 2022 - 6:08pm
MikeRoss824, what's your opinion? Comment below:

5-7 extra classes across two semesters feels like a TON of work just to go from cum laude to magna cum laude. When I review resumes (assuming it's not a school like Princeton famous for grade deflation) I basically have five tiers:

  1. Sub 3.0: Not interested
  2. 3.0-3.5: Likely not interested, but will have a look to see if something really special pops
  3. 3.5-3.7: Good
  4. 3.7-3.9: Very good
  5. 3.9+: Exceptional

So long as you're going to be in bucket 3 or higher I wouldn't stress too much.

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May 19, 2022 - 6:49pm
CompBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

They definitely still matter if you're only a few years out of undergrad. Not to the same degree as when you're still a student, but I would say that it doesn't really fade away until you're a VP+ level professional.

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  • Incoming Analyst in PE - Other
May 19, 2022 - 8:56pm

Thanks for your comment. I saw people on this forum say you can start leaving it off once you have some work experience. What's your thought on this?

  • Associate 1 in IB - Gen
May 19, 2022 - 11:36pm

Somewhat adjacent, if you're post MBA it generally won't be included

May 21, 2022 - 9:10am
CompBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It really depends on your GPA. If you have a 3.9+, my guess is you'll never take it off your resume … or al least you'll make sure you have summa cum laude on there as a signal that you performed near the top of your class. If your GPA is a lot lower … say 3.2 or 3.3 … you might start leaving it out once you have a number of years of experience. I was a 3.7+ and I kept mine on my resume even 10+ years out of school because I thought it was a benefit.

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May 24, 2022 - 3:29pm
trustmeimanengineer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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