Major GPA = 3.91, Cumulative GPA = 3.2 + Target. Am I supposed to list both? Am I fcked?

Alright so my physics GPA is a 3.91, but (yes better believe it) my cumulative GPA is a 3.2. This was mostly from doing stupid shit back in freshman year when the only courses I took were Columbia's Core liberal arts requirements and I partied/slacked off/skipped class and I landed a D, a few C-'s, and one F (retook it and got an A+). Junior year I got serious and at the same time, I began fulfilling all my physics courses and I worked my ass off to get As in all of them.

NOW. If I put "Major GPA: 3.91" on my ibanking resume, and eventually land the job, would I raise redflags when they finally see my transcript and see all those bad grades? They'd think "no way this kid has a 3.91". Would they pull me in for a 'talk'? Or should I list BOTH the 3.91 and the 3.2? If I listed the 3.2, would I get kicked for interviews?

What should I do in this case? Thanks WSO!

United States - Northeast

Comments (12)

Aug 2, 2010

List your major GPA, omit the overall. It won't be a problem - you haven't lied.

Aug 2, 2010

I feel you dude, I get fucked by the Core on a daily basis...

Aug 2, 2010

I agree. Only show your major GPA. Especially since you don't want these guys to think "wow, this kid is a science nerd who is only good as science classes and fucks everything else up"

Aug 3, 2010

How often to companies ask for transcripts?

Aug 3, 2010

Maybe I can be the dissenting vote, but if I was looking at a resume with no overall GPA I would instantly be curious.

1) 3.2 is not THAT bad
2) your major GPA is fine and it is in hard science

How you could fuck up the easy classes is beyond me, but I still think you need to put your cumulative GPA on there. Either way you still went to a top school and have a decent normal GPA with a very good cumulative. Just be ready to explain it and you will be fine.

Side note. To everyone out there. Your resume needs at least 1, but can have 2 GPA's. Your overall GPA NEEDS to be on there. Your major GPA CAN be on there, but only if it benefits you. The minute we start doing cumulative GPA optional is the minute when people start recalculating their own GPA however they want.

Feb 27, 2017

3.2 would take most people out of the running for anything BB/EB/similar nowadays unless they were somehow REALLY spectacular elsewhere.

My overall/cumulative GPA got fucked from going abroad. I listed "Institution GPA" on my resume, omitting my abroad grades, and had no problem at all. I applied to everything as early as possible/before my abroad grades cleared (went abroad 2nd semester of soph year) and so was able to list a much higher cumulative GPA on the initial applications. No one cared.

Jun 6, 2018

I'm in a similar situation...So you had no problem getting interviews/offers when putting non-cumulative GPA on your resume?

Aug 3, 2010

Just list your major GPA. GPA is used to measure your intelligence. A 3.91 in Physics will dispel any concerns around that. If they ask for your culmulative GPA, tell them then and explain that you slacked off freshman year. Usually when people say not listing your culmulative GPA raises red flags, it refers to those who held an easy major. 3.91 in Physics will NOT raise red flags.

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Jul 9, 2012


Dec 23, 2013

list only in-major GPA and put Physics in 24-pt font

Dec 23, 2013

major only is fine. as long as you don't lie, you are good and a 3.91 in physics will dispel any concerns about your intelligence.

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Jun 6, 2018