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Old 04-07-2008, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I would aim for nothing less than an A or B in the courses in your specific major, at least. That doesn't mean you can afford to do poorly in other areas. I failed two courses second semester of my Freshman year, and it took me the next three years to pull my GPA back up to a level that I felt was competitive.

As for prospective employers, it's subjective, at best. Transcripts get looked at in some HR offices, and not in others. My concern is that you'll need other things really going for you, in the event your GPA is lower than a 3.0 -- talent in an area, or something else of asset to the employer. Always be sure you can present yourself well, and defend that GPA if you have to, TerryRay.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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It's really all subjective. If one goes to Wake Forest and manages a 3.6 then that's a GREAT GPA because Wake Forest is known for it's horribly brutal grading. On the other hand a 3.6 from Harvard really isn't the same.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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why is accounting a problem? or a lot to cover?

Thanks for all the answers.

The accounting courses over here are known to be the most brutal on campus. The instructor is really hard. There is a lot of work required for each class. Its the type of class that you cant put off and study for it before the exam. The instrcutor goes around the room and makes each student work out the homework problems for the rest of the class. So, I spend a lot more time on the class in my major field than the electives. Even when I do study a lot for the electives, Im just not doing well this semester. I think my mindset is too mathematical at this point. I have a 3.59 right now, but I think thats going to drop.
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:21 PM
 
Location: California
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Eh...I agree that many times employers don't care.

I would consider 3.3 and above to be fine. If it was in math or science, 2.9.
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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Thanks for all the answers.

The accounting courses over here are known to be the most brutal on campus. The instructor is really hard. There is a lot of work required for each class. Its the type of class that you cant put off and study for it before the exam. The instrcutor goes around the room and makes each student work out the homework problems for the rest of the class. So, I spend a lot more time on the class in my major field than the electives. Even when I do study a lot for the electives, Im just not doing well this semester. I think my mindset is too mathematical at this point. I have a 3.59 right now, but I think thats going to drop.
A 3.5 at my college is Dean's List- you're fine.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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I majored in hospitality (obviously not the most difficult of majors...) and the year before I graduated a kid with one of the lowest gpas got the highest paying job in his class. He was just really good at interviewing and had a really dazzling personality. Just goes to show...
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:39 AM
 
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I had a difficult science/math major at a difficult university, and I know a lot of my friends barely had 2.3 in their major courses (Our first major-related course had 2 F's, 10 D's, 15 C's, 2 B's and 1 A). Mixed in with the easy non-science classes, a lot of them ended up with a 2.5-2.7 GPA. They were happy with it, so I'd consider that average. I'd say 3.1 or above was considered good.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:13 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I agree with the other posters. I've never had an employer ask what my gpa was. All they want to know is if you graduated.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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However, GPA could be a factor depending on if you want to attend grad school.
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:03 AM
 
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In my opinion anything over a 3.0 is good. I am not satisfied with a 3.7, but I expect a lot out of myself.
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