is this ethical, regarding averaging grades?

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so say i attend a target school and get a 3.4
but i take an easy as shit state school course over the summer (maybe intro to psych) and get an A, or a 4.0
it shows up as a "T" on my transcript for transfer credit from another university

would it then be unethical to then write down the average (3.7) on my job apps

if i get into hot water for it, after i already get hired, i can just be like, "oh sorry i knew i was supposed to include the transcript from all courses i've taken, so i just wanted to make sure i had a 'cumulative' GPA."

i guess my question isn't whether or not this is ethical, but more like would i get fired for this? is this a good idea?

Comments (12)

May 18, 2017

I think it would make more sense to put GPA per school as you may have the schools bifurcated on the resume, but if you didn't, i would definitely make sure you have a good reason for taking the course. i mean you can't go take college algebra and spanish 1 and have that be discovered. you'll look like a jack ass haha. like if you took business ethics, business law, or some other business class you missed at uni then it would make a lot more sense.

May 19, 2017

It's not ethical and you could get your offer rescinded.

Try this instead: stop trying to weasel your way in and get some good grades at your "target."

May 19, 2017

This. Good luck trying to explain a "blended 3.7 GPA" when your primary transcript reads 3.4.

May 19, 2017

You wouldn't just average it either...the 3.4 at your school presumably represents far more credits than the 4.0 at the state school. You'd have to do a weighted average like any other GPA calc.

May 19, 2017

I hope you don't consider going into finance with math skills like that

May 19, 2017

Try to get class rank/percentage if possible, if not, it's fine to put on your resume. Jobs are horrible are compensating for schools that have deflation, so it's probably best to help them out.

May 19, 2017

Agreed, a lot of people reviewing resumes must have forgotten how some colleges work in terms of grade distribution. You've got nothing to lose by adding a little more context to you're GPA. If they aren't taking 2.9's more info won't be a deal breaker anyway

"anyone who believes money is the root of all evil, doesn't have any"

May 19, 2017

Or you could leave your gpa off your resume?

May 19, 2017

I have a friend who was in the same situation as you(but as a graduate). He is a real go-getter on got interviews at top shops such as GS,MS,EVR, etc. by networking with BSD MD's.

After going through a phone screen with 2 of the 3 above banks listed, they couldn't pass him to the next round on the count of his GPA being bellow the waterline. Push hard to get that GPA and network.

Remember while Average GPA is 2.9, average people (generally) don't break in - so keep pushing.

May 19, 2017

average people (generally) don't break in - so keep pushing.

I think this about sums it up.

Feb 26, 2020