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Which GPA do you put on your resume?

insomniaticinsomniatic Posts: 1,287- Member
edited September 2008 in College Life
There are 3 GPA's on my transcript (Major Option, General Major, and Overall GPA).

My major option GPA is higher than my general major and overall GPA's.

Is it fine just to list the major option GPA?
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Replies to: Which GPA do you put on your resume?

  • marchballermarchballer Posts: 373Registered User Member
    What is the difference in major option and general major?

    I put both on there but Major GPA first because its higher. In addition I am a engineer and the humanities classes drop my GPA.
  • ginnyvereginnyvere Posts: 929Registered User Member
    I've been told not to put gpa on resumes but to include gpa-based honors (cum laude, deans list, etc).
  • insomniaticinsomniatic Posts: 1,287- Member
    Major option GPA includes classes pertaining only to your specific major. The general major GPA includes classes that everybody in the special college has to take. (If your major is Finance, you would have a Finance GPA and a Business GPA.)

    I have never heard that you shouldn't put your GPA on your transcript. I have heard to only put your major on your resume if it is above 3.0.
  • chuychuy Posts: 3,913Registered User Senior Member
    Put the highest one, but designate it accurately.
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Posts: 6,630Registered User Senior Member
    use the GPA that makes you look the best, and clarify what it is, generally "major" or "cumulative / overall". For most people, their major GPA is higher.
  • uyuloveuyulove Posts: 2,181Registered User Senior Member
    I put both... o_o hmm I gues I might stick with my major GPA but my overall GPA's pretty good too so there's no harm in that right?
  • FBI_34FBI_34 Posts: 496Registered User Member
    You should put your overall GPA.
  • Lala7819Lala7819 Posts: 84Registered User Junior Member
    Most places that tell you how to write professional resumes tell you not to include your GPA, and I'm apt to agree there. The company will ask if they really want to know, it's about as frivolous as attaching a photo to a resume (yes, I once knew a business major that insisted on doing this. Being one working closely with people involved in HR, I had to laugh at this.)
  • Mr. BojanglesMr. Bojangles Posts: 824Registered User Member
    ALWAYS use the highest GPA, just make note of which GPA it is.
  • tetrahedr0ntetrahedr0n Posts: 1,954Registered User Senior Member
    Most places that tell you how to write professional resumes tell you not to include your GPA, and I'm apt to agree there. The company will ask if they really want to know, it's about as frivolous as attaching a photo to a resume

    It absolutely isn't "frivolous" (think about the definition of that word.) GPA may not be appropriate for someone out of school for a decade or more, when recent experience dwarfs college accomplishments, but it's incredibly relevant for college students or recent graduates.
  • kelseygkelseyg Posts: 786Registered User Member
    I put cumulative because I have two majors and it's the simplest thing to do. They're all comparably high so I don't really have to make the choice, but I would put the highest one on there otherwise.

    I've heard it's considered inappropriate to have a GPA on your resume after more than 3ish years after graduation (it looks very young), though it's okay to leave things like cum laude designations.
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