I'm a junior at an Ivy applying for summer internships for consulting firms and some strategy divisions at banks. Should I leave my 3.3 GPA on my resume?
- I've read that generally you should leave your GPA on your resume or else people will assume that it is under 3.0. I have a pretty good SAT score from high school that I know some firms ask for, but I wouldn't list the SAT score without my GPA. Should I include this information on my resumes IF companies do not ask for this information explicitly?
- Some of the bank positions I've read have said that their cutoff is 3.2 -- is this just something they say? Is there an informal cutoff that is actually around 3.5?
- What consulting firms would I have a chance at with decent consulting experience and my GPA? I've heard Bain/McKinsey/BCG have cutoffs around 3.7 for my school.
I'm specifically talking about for the resume drop portion of the summer internship application, because I've heard that once you get to the interview stage it's all about the interview?
Should I Leave a Low GPA on Resume?
Generally speaking, our users suggest leaving your GPA on your resume as not putting it on implies that your GPA is low (sub 3.0). However, our users also recommended putting on a major or concentration GPA if that is significantly higher.
If I were you I would leave it on. When I look at resumes if its not on there I automatically assume its under a 3.0. Even if there is a cutoff at 3.5, if you don't have anything on there you won't get through the door.
Network, try and get in touch with someone at the firm that can maybe flag your resume to bring you in for an interview. Then study up (WSO guides) and rock the interview.
GPA Application Cut Offs in Banking and Consulting
Some banks and consulting firms will have a stated cut off GPA for different positions that you may be applying for. Our users shared that the stated or unstated cut off will be 3.5 or 3.6 but often times, the cut off is flexible on a case by case basis.
informal cut off is usually higher. my bank's cut off was a 3.5 or 3.6, but our average incoming class GPA is much higher.
Also, for consulting, at my target I don't think they interviewed anyone below a 3.8
Anyone ever gotten a partner referral for MBB recruiting? I know at Deloitte, the published GPA cutoff was a 3.5, but if you had a partner referral, could get around the requirement. Worth thinking about if that would work for you.
I also know many that got BB jobs with GPAs below 3.5 from a non-HYP school, so that is definitely possible.
Went to a target. I've gotten interviews from top-tier firms with a 3.0. No McKinsey and Bain, but BCG and Booz offered me interviews on the consulting side. Also gotten interviews from BAML, GS, DB, Laz, Evcore, Centerview, and a handful of other "elite boutiques" as well with that GPA. It's not a harsh cutoff - I'm pretty sure if the rest of your interview is interesting/impressive (or you're a diversity hire...?) you can get at least a few interviews.
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