I apologize in advance if this post is a little long but I would really appreciate any help.
I currently have a 3.3 GPA; however, I am doing absolutely fantastic this year and would have to do something quite dramatic to not end up with atleast a 3.8 by the end of this semester. With that, my cumulative GPA should be a 3.5 at the end of this semester. My problem is that many banks (I am applying to s&t if that isnt obvious) have their resume drop deadline before this semester ends. I really want to put my GPA on my resume as a 3.5, but I do not know if this is a smart move. If the banks check my transcript before this semester ends they will think I am lying, but if they check it after everything will be fine. Advice?
Also, a related question, how much rounding is acceptable for the GPA and would a strong SAT/ACT (2300+/35) score atelast slightly offset a low GPA?
Thank you for your help in advance.
Averaging together Cumulative GPA plus semester GPA for resume
Averaging together you're current or predicted GPA and your current GPA on your resume is a bad idea. If some unexpected event happens and your grades slip in one or two classes it could make a significant difference in your cumulative GPA. You've submitted a resume with an inflated GPA. If you get a return offer the bank will likely require transcripts. This can happen sooner in some cases. Then it's a matter of whether the inflation is caught or not. However, it's better not to risk getting an offer rescinded over a few decimal places.
Use whatever GPA you have currently as long as it meets the minimum requirement of the firm which is typically 3.2. At that point, there should be a focus on networking and getting someone at the firm to vouch for you. Once your foot is in the door you have the chance to blow them away in your interview.
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Network. It relegates a lower GPA or test scores to a position of less importance. I literally have your exact same stats all the way down to the standardized test scores. I worked my ass off though, got an invite to an S&T superday at Morgan, was convincing in my presentation, and you know what? It worked..
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