Im currently a sophomore at the University of Chicago with a 3.4 GPA. I've had an upward trend in my GPA and hopefully by junior year recruiting, I will have a 3.6-3.7+.
When I look at other threads about gpa's for consulting, nearly all say you need a 3.7, preferably 3.8+ to get. However, I literally know no one that is an economics major with a 3.8 GPA at my school (only pre-meds) and yet I still hear of students getting jobs at some of these top consulting firms. Of course, I dont know every economics major at my school but the average GPA at UChicago is a 3.2 and nearly all classes are hard curved to a B/B-. Graduating with a 3.8 GPA in any major is literally top 1-2% of the class and with many of students aiming to go to grad schools rather than , I have a hard time believing that I would need such a high GPA.
Is a 3.7+ GPA necessary for getting interviews at top consulting firms from a school like UChicago? I understand there are other aspects of the application to getting an interview, but I am really worried most about GPA. Furthermore, what types of GPA would be necessary to secure interviews at the other consulting firms like LEK orHamilton? What about firms that are much more focused on quantitative economics like Analysis Group, , Federal Reserve, etc?