Where Your GPA Might Get You

The GPA, perhaps unfortunately, continues to be the dominant criteria on most resumes and applications.

It’s a one shot, at-a-glance way for someone in a position of judgement you to assess how hard working you are, or how much time you spend on your studies. Sure, yours probably has ugly decimals after it, but here’s what to expect from your GPA if it’s anywhere near the five benchmark levels below.


Goes without saying that you’ll need one for most med schools. Crucial for banking positions. Cutoff here comes in at around 3.7, and that’s good only if it’s complimented with strong finance internship experience. A GPA close to 4.0 is also mandatory for the highest research positions in fields like economics and chemistry that may lead to PhD. This will certainly help your search if you’re looking for jobs that require a human resources online degree, sales degree, or public sector government skill set. Having the work regime to maintain a 4.0 looks great – it’ll land you at least an interview in nearly all moderately competitive sectors. If you’ve got a 4.0, you don’t have much to worry about. Except maybe your social life.

Wikihow explains mandatory steps to securing a 4.0


Ah the infamous A-. A 3.6 GPA during undergrad is great for most Master’s programs and beyond. The top tier and Ivy League graduate programs often use a 3.6 as their minimum, and then look to test scores. Combine a 3.6 with 160+ on the LSATs, 30+ on the MCATs, or 1300+ on your GRE and you’ll be fine in top programs. Engineers with 3.6s are viewed highly because it’s widely understood their programs were more rigorous. A 3.6 engineering GPA is often viewed as a 3.9 in business, finance, or economics. More leniency. Computer science 3.6 GPA is also outstanding. A 3.6 will keep you in the running for most highly competitive jobs right out of graduation. How well do you interview?

Check out some colleges that admit at a 3.6 or slightly higher GPA


If all you’re completing is a bachelors degree, a 3.4 GPA is great. Reflects a report card with equal split between As and Bs. Hey, perhaps it’s known your school practices grade deflation. For jobs in HR, sales, pubic sector government, and PR, and 3.4 GPA is more than enough. Work experience and the ability to actually speak your mind in an interview will really shine through for 3.4 folks.

See how recent graduates at Princeton grumble about 3.3-3.4 GPAs


Baseline for most middle tier graduate programs, a 3.0 is plainly good. A 3.0 student with outstanding test scores would really raise the eyebrows of a graduate admissions officer in a good way. 3.0 is great if you’re just looking to work; it won’t hurt you, unless you are going for a competitive job with Goldman Sachs, in which case you will not be considered. Some employers now in their 40s and 50s remember when C was considered average, so take your 3.0 GPA and go shine with it.

Rogue commenters on College Confidential debate the 3.0 GPA


The B- that will never look very good. 2.7 won’t exactly prohibit you from graduate school or a job, but you don’t want to boast it. Many interview instructors would say just omit it from the resume. Perhaps you got As in some classes you loved, and despised others to the point of earning a D. Let’s be honest, it’s not pretty, but if you want to do graduate school, do not let this stop you.

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See more from us on how to maximize your GPA:
Studying Towards a 4.2

Goldman Sachs job candidates have been mocked for
their disregard for nearly everything but their 4.0 GPA

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4 thoughts on “Where Your GPA Might Get You

  1. So glad I'm in film school! Don't care about my GPA, but a good piece advice my Math teacher told me this month is focus on acquiring the knowledge, and the good grades will come naturally.

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