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Old 07-03-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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When I graduate and apply to either jobs or Graduate school, do I put my cumulative GPA, my GPA for the last 2 years, or my GPA for my major ? The reason I ask is I've read different answers from various sources online.
I'm hoping that just putting the last 2 years is acceptable but my gut is telling me it's definitely not. Bottom line - I didn't get serious and work to my full potential until it was too late (God knows why). I've been giving it my all and doing really well lately (even made dean's list last semester). So my GPA has drastically improved but it's still embarrassingly bad due to the period of slacking (Right now- 2.7 heading into senior year But I WILL graduate with a 3.0). Do I just put the cumulative GPA and explain that I've matured and shown my true capability ?
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Playa Vista
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I usually put cumulative (because it's the best one for me, too). It got me in where I am now. I guess unless the employer is specific about which GPA to put, put the best one. That's my stance.

EDIT: I don't know if putting the last 2 years is a good idea. You're practically choosing what you want your employer to see and it's *obvious*. Either put the cumulative GPA or the GPA for your major, unless stated otherwise.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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I would tend to agree with Jink. However, if one was graduated with Honors, I would put the honors title (Summa *** Laude) as opposed to the GPA and only provide the GPA if specifically requested.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:49 PM
 
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if your gpa is not impressive you probably shouldn't put it on your resume for jobs at all. 3.0-3.4 is okay enough to not disqualify you from places with a 3.0 cut off, but its not something i'd want to advertise unless i'd gone somewhere well-known for having low gpas like ga tech.

i'm not sure about grad school since you're required to disclose that info upfront anyway.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Is this something new that people do now? I've never put my GPA on resumes.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I didn't put my GPA on my resume. I had a 2.76 cumulative so it wasn't good enough to "call out". This changes depending on what major you have. What did you study? I am sure grad school requires a GPA and I am sure its your cumulative.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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Leave it off because we really don;t care at this point. We'll get to that in the interview if important.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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Is this something new that people do now? I've never put my GPA on resumes.
Same here. Never heard of doing this.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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Cumulative is standard. You can put major gpa as well if it is higher. (example: 3.9 cumulative, 4.0 major). And this only makes sense if your school does not have latin honors.

For cutoff, you can judge by industry and location. In the Northeast, 3.4 for engineers and 3.6 for other areas of study.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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When I graduated, I put my cumulative GPA as well as my major GPA (which was much higher, to show that it was in the classes that weren't in my major that dropped my GPA).

With that said, having had a couple of jobs now, I don't put a GPA anymore because my work experience counts more in my field.
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