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Old 05-14-2008, 08:11 PM
 
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What do employers prefer?
For example, pretend there are 2 people with similar qualities and the only distinction between them is there GPA.
One received a 2.9 from NYU-Stern (8th in the nation for business)
versus 3.9 from the South Florida University (90th in the nation)

What is "better"?
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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most employers will never ask about your GPA. however, they might care whether you know the difference between "their" and "there." seriously.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I had several employers ask about my GPA when I was interviewing straight out of college.

I tried to challenge myself with a difficult major at a difficult school, my GPA sank, and I got burned in the interviewing process several times. Explaining to interviewers that I specifically chose that major/college in order to challenge myself had no effect. Since then, I have read that a higher GPA is always better. It shows you enjoy what you are doing and are committed to it.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:49 AM
 
Location: New England
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Go for the high GPA out of the easier college.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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What do employers prefer?
For example, pretend there are 2 people with similar qualities and the only distinction between them is there GPA.
One received a 2.9 from NYU-Stern (8th in the nation for business)
versus 3.9 from the South Florida University (90th in the nation)

What is "better"?
Well, first of all, you choose a college for far more than simply the coursework and its perceived difficulty.

You go to a school because your interest is aligned with a particular part of the country, because a particular school will give you superior connections in a desired career field, and because a particular school has a defined brand in a particular area.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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my son just completed his freshman year in college and had the wake-up-call of his life! he attends one of the top universities in the country and had always been a straight A student, high honors, ap classes, athlete, the works..Classes at this university were extremely difficult for him and his gpa is not what he had envisioned. He is of the belief that in the real world, the name of the college will carry more weight than the actual gpa number. He is working hard to get the gpa back up there, but he won't be anywhere near what he was used to by graduation in 2011~
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:21 AM
 
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No one cares about your GPA after your first job.

It is the connections that you build in college and that you get from your fellow alumni that will benefit your more at one college than another.
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:44 AM
 
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After the first job...what shows up is that one guy went to NYU and the other went to SFU...at which point the NYU person would get some edge.

Remember though that some of the top schools give MUCH softer grades under the theory that all of their students are top-tier.

I went to U of IL and classes in the biz school it was hard not to get at least a B if you put it minor effort...which would earn you a C or D in my math classes.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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No one cares about your GPA after your first job.

It is the connections that you build in college and that you get from your fellow alumni that will benefit your more at one college than another.
Then why is it that the average salary at Boston College, NYU, Villanova have average starting salaries of $50,000+ whereas schools like South Florida, Arizona State, etc. have starting salaries of like $30,000+..

I mean if the schools are "easier", wouldn't more students get higher grades which would lead to better jobs with better pay?

What do you think
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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What do employers prefer?
For example, pretend there are 2 people with similar qualities and the only distinction between them is there GPA.
One received a 2.9 from NYU-Stern (8th in the nation for business)
versus 3.9 from the South Florida University (90th in the nation)

What is "better"?
Well it depends on the college or university. For instance, a 3.0 at Wake Forest is considered a high GPA. I graduate from Tulane with a 3.9 at Tulane, which is practically unheard of at Wake Forest.
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