I'm currently a senior at a fairly prestigious university in the US. Barring any unforeseen emergencies, I anticipate that I'll graduate this spring with roughly a 3.31-3.32 cumulative GPA (my major GPA is virtually identical, maybe about .01-.02 higher). This is roughly average for my school; I believe the average cumulative GPA in my program is ~3.35.
On to my unique circumstances: I was pretty much sick af all the way through my freshman and sophomore years. My grades took a MAJOR hit, and no doctors could really tell me what was wrong with me. I took a medical leave of absence between my sophomore and junior year. I finally figured out what was wrong, made a full recovery, and have been getting straight As/A-s since returning to school (my GPA has been 3.8 over the past several semesters).
So I'm in a bit of a conundrum. I didn't bother going through the fall finance recruiting season because I was still closer to 3.2 at that point and knew I wouldn't be getting any calls back. I'm currently applying to a number of boutique PE/IB/consulting firms. I'm experiencing a lot of difficulties in getting interviews, period; I've noticed many places require a minimum GPA of somewhere between a 3.4-3.6.
I've heard conflicting advice from various sources. Some people I know have suggested that rounding a 3.31 up to a 3.4 on my resume won't be the end of the world; if a firm requests my transcript and takes issue with the discrepancy, I can explain my medical circumstances. Other people have told me absolutely not, I run a high risk of being blacklisted if I list anything other than a 3.3 on my online applications. [And side note: obviously, I would never ever consider forging information on my transcript; this is more a question of whether it could be considered acceptable to round up the GPA I list on my resume by .09 or .08 instead of the standard .05.]
I guess I'm just looking for some additional opinions. Thank you in advance for any help.
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