Senior Year Grades - Important to keep grades up?

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Is it important to actually keep my grades up senior year? I've gotten extremely lazy and find studying to get anything beyond a B really difficult. I had a solid 3.8 GPA junior year during recruiting, although it's been gradually falling ever since. If I continue to exert zero effort, I will probably finish college with around a 3.5...if I put in a lot of effort, I could finish with a high 3.6 or 3.7. I would obviously rather not do schoolwork and continue to have a great time with friends, etc. but will finishing school with around a 3.5 affect my chances during PE/HF recruiting 2 years down the road or for business school admissions? I will be working for a top bank (think MS, Blackstone etc.) and graduating from Wharton...do my grades from here on out really matter?

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Mar 9, 2007 - 2:50am

If you are at BS M&A like you seem to indicate in your previous post -- 3.5 should be fine; any lower might screw you.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 12:57pm

Westcoasting:
If you are at BS M&A like you seem to indicate in your previous post -- 3.5 should be fine; any lower might screw you.

Keep in mind that Westcoasting is referring to PE/HF exits or MBA admissions. So if you are worried about that, then he's right, but "screwed" is a little harsh. Firms like BS won't rescind an offer unless your cum falls below 3.0, I'm pretty sure. So that would be worst case scenario.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 4:46pm

zala rules:
Westcoasting:
If you are at BS M&A like you seem to indicate in your previous post -- 3.5 should be fine; any lower might screw you.

Keep in mind that Westcoasting is referring to PE/HF exits or MBA admissions. So if you are worried about that, then he's right, but "screwed" is a little harsh. Firms like BS won't rescind an offer unless your cum falls below 3.0, I'm pretty sure. So that would be worst case scenario.

Yup I was talking about competitive PE and HF which I assumed was what the poster intended the topic to be about.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 4:47pm

Do grades matter Senior Year? (Originally Posted: 10/17/2009)

If you've already accepted a job offer, what importance do your grades senior year really have? If I decided to seriously slack off, is there really a big deal if my GPA drops from like a 3.7 to a 3.6 over the course of the year? What implication, if any, could this have down the road? Do PE firms care (or even look) at your undergrad GPA? Do business schools care that much about your undergrad GPA (assume at a top target)?

I'd appreciate the insight. Midterms are coming up, and my incentives for doing well seem to be evaporating.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 4:51pm

Senior Year Grades? - Feeling pretty screwed right now (Originally Posted: 03/20/2007)

Hi all,
So I was wondering how closely business schools check out your grades from senior year. I had a pretty rough last semester and ended up with a C+ in one of my classes, which is ironically a major class as well. How is this going to affect me when I apply to business school? I wasn't slacking off at all during the term, but somehow I still did poorly.

I'm feeling pretty screwed right now. Advice?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 3:38pm

Oh man, my GPA tanked from a 3.97 to a 3.64 my senior year. It was a beautiful, perfect-10 Olympic nosedive and I loved every moment. Anybody beat that?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 3:43pm

Wow, Mis Ind.. Your major GPA must have really gone to shit (assuming your school was like mine where you take a lot of your major-related classes senior year).

Are you worried about what it will look like for b-school, or are you not planning on b-school at all?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 4:55pm

Senior Year Grades - Chance of getting offer revoked? (Originally Posted: 11/19/2007)

Let's say after you've received an offer, you end up getting a D in a really tough class unrelated to business during senior year. Even though that's definitely pretty bad, will firms overlook it if everything else is alright or is there a chance of getting your offer revoked?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 3:50pm

I went to a BBA program. We don't separate out major and non-major GPA's. The 3.64 is what it is.

Also, I shouldn't have to worry about getting into B-school if I play it right, since I'll have bulge-bracket experience, a BBA, and an insane GMAT.

Thirdly and finally, after maintaining a 3.97 long enough to get a bulge-bracket IB offer, I needed a year's vacation from hard work.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 5:02pm

Senior Year Grades - How is this going to affect me when I apply to b school? (Originally Posted: 03/20/2007)

Hi all,
I just posted this in business barrage, but I figured I'd get a better answer here.

So I was wondering how closely business schools check out your grades from senior year. I had a pretty rough last semester and ended up with a C+ in one of my classes, which is ironically a major class as well. How is this going to affect me when I apply to business school? I wasn't slacking off at all during the term, but somehow I still did poorly.

I'm feeling pretty screwed right now. Advice?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 5:04pm

Senior Year Gradess (Originally Posted: 01/14/2014)

Yo monkeys, I interned for an investment bank over the summer, got a return offer and signed. My senior year grades for this last semester were pretty low (below 3.0gpa). Should I worry about being rescinded? Didnt fail anything, but didnt do too well either

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 5:16pm

Senior last semester GPA. (Originally Posted: 05/26/2008)

I just graduated from a target. My questions is how important is your last semester grade to banks, PE, and Bschools? I will be starting in June at a BB - think UBS, C, or ML...still have not been placed into a group. Will my sudden drop in GPA affect my placement into top groups? PE interviews? and Bschool admissions? My cumulative GPA is hovering around 3.67. Before the last semester, it was near 3.8. Many of you on this board have mentioned that GPA doesn't really matter. However, I would like to get your views given current market conditions. Thanks all.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 5:21pm

Early Senioritis after getting an offer/job (Originally Posted: 02/19/2011)

For those of you who have gotten summer offers/full time offers, do you find that senioritis has kicked in hard? With recruiting, I skipped so many classes and wasn't as diligent with my work. On top of that, I was lucky enough to get an offer so I feel no motivation to maintain my grades. When you figure out what you want to do for the next 5-10 years of your career, it's hard to care about classes that are irrelevant to your profession.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 5:57pm

Senioritis (Originally Posted: 12/24/2010)

Grades for the fall semester just started pouring in and it's pretty fucked up.

Not that I really care personally (since I have a signed job offer) but it's bad enough to mean a 0.12+ decrease from the GPA (eg. 3.80 -> 3.67) I listed on my resume for fulltime recruiting. I can probably improve it somewhat next semester but do employers really care? Should I even be worried at all?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 6:06pm

Do college grades matter at this point? (Originally Posted: 02/19/2014)

I got an internship offer at a VC/consulting firm and know they'll hire me full-time if I do a good job at the internship. As long as I don't fail out of college, do my grades mean shit anymore? How important are senior year college grades for MBA or other sorts of grad school?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 6:09pm

Your GPA is an important component of your MBA (or any other grad school) application. Assuming you get an offer, have a good time your senior year, but try to stay in the same ballpark. It probably won't affect you much if you go from a 3.8 to a 3.7, but it definitely could if you go down much more than that.

Disclaimer: My GPA dropped ~.2 my senior year after I got a job offer and was overloading to get credits to take the CPA. Was incredibly regretful when I was reviewing my transcript this year as I applied to b-school, even though it may not have had much of an effect.

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 6:11pm

Do college grades matter at this point? (Originally Posted: 02/19/2014)

I got an internship offer at a VC/consulting firm and know they'll hire me full-time if I do a good job at the internship. As long as I don't fail out of college, do my grades mean shit anymore? How important are senior year college grades for MBA or other sorts of grad school?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 6:12pm

Last semester GPA when you already graduated (Originally Posted: 11/15/2010)

So i had an about 3.66 GPA when i was applying to grad schools, fall of senior year and then when got accepted, or in the meantime bombed the last semester (had a rough time/family issues) and it dropped to about 3.5.

Went for my MS at a target and now im sending my resume with undergrad GPA but would prefer to put the 3.66 which really mattered when i was applying and skip that last anomaly of a semester. Can i put something like this on the resume: "8 semester GPA:3.66/4.0" (8 because i spent 9 semesters, the last bad one which i didnt have to take as it was just for another degree) and then be able to convince HR about what happened once they check my transcript or will they screw me over this and i should put the 3.5?

The last semester just doesnt fit my previous and later performance...

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 6:18pm

Your opinions regarding last semester grades (Originally Posted: 02/17/2009)

I am set to start at a BB this summer. I currently have a 3.65 GPA and am studying for the CPA examination alongside schoolwork (I'm going into a finance rotational program which respects the designation).

I really want to focus on getting most of my studying for the CPA over with before starting work so I was thinking about not focusing too much on school. Even if I get straight B's this semester, I would still have above a 3.5 GPA.

If I were to apply for business school 5-6 yrs down the road would there be much difference between a 3.5 and 3.7 all else equal? Should I focus on getting A's my last semester or should I not worry about it too much and focus on CPA/having fun?

 
Mar 9, 2007 - 6:19pm
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