Does college GPA matter?

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Does college GPA matter?

Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:43 PM

Does your college GPA really matter that much(assuming you arent planning on going to grad school)?
Why or why not?

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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:19 PM

I don't know from experience, (as I am still enrolled in an undergraduate program) but I would guess that it matters to some extent. For me, under the education section of my resume, it includes my current GPA. That being said, the higher the better. If you have a high GPA, people will probably have think better of you without meeting you versus someone who has a low GPA. It kind of suggests that you contain certain qualities such as, being diligent, commitment, etc. And even for yourself, striving to maintain a high GPA will help you learn how to manage your time and take work seriously. (For the most part)
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 11 May 2009 - 07:26 PM

I don't think it really matters as much as people think to be honest. Currently I have a 4.0 but that won't lead to getting me a job. My soft skills/programming skills/ experience together will land me a job when I get out from my undergrad. If it came down to 2 people who were identical, and the chances of that are very slim, then I could see it coming down to GPA, but other than that, it's going to come down to your experience.

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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:25 AM

I think it matters more if you're just getting out, internships, entry level, etc... After that, not really.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:28 AM

Only if you are looking to go to Grad School.

I got a B.S. with a 2.5 GPA and will have to turn that into a 3.0 by taking some more undergrad classes to make it into Grad School.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:10 AM

Cs get degrees. With no experience, then i think it matter more. But after a few years, no one cares what grades you got in school.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 15 May 2009 - 06:47 PM

two years after you graduate no one will ask you what you're gpa was. five years after you graduate you will have forgotten everything you learned except for whatever field your job happens to be in.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 07 July 2009 - 07:01 AM

If it's above 3.5, then yes. "Graduated Magna Cum Laude" will look good on your resume no matter how old you are, though like others have said, it will matter less and less as you get older and more experienced. If your GPA is not so impressive, then just dont mention it. A good GPA can help you, but a bad GPA wont hurt you. If a company doesnt hire you based on a subpar GPA, then you probably wouldnt want to work there anyway.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 07 July 2009 - 07:07 AM

I've never even put my GPA on my resume. Just the school, degree name, and month/year of graduation.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 07 July 2009 - 07:53 AM

For your first job/internship, yes. Once you get some experience, that value begins to outweigh the importance of a GPA. For grad school, you need a respectable GPA (2.x is just not going to cut it in most cases), but more importantly you need to have research experience.

Edit: I see your edit about graduate school. GPA is a good way to get an edge - there's no reason to blow it off if it will make you look better than your competition. That said, I have friends with lackluster GPAs but who are good at what they do - in that case a portfolio says more than a GPA.

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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 07 July 2009 - 05:42 PM

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If a company doesnt hire you based on a subpar GPA, then you probably wouldnt want to work there anyway.


how about these huge corporations that require 3.0 and such?
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 08 July 2009 - 06:41 AM

View PostNotorion, on 7 Jul, 2009 - 04:42 PM, said:

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If a company doesnt hire you based on a subpar GPA, then you probably wouldnt want to work there anyway.


how about these huge corporations that require 3.0 and such?


Since when does being a big corporation make it a desirable place to work?
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:02 AM

View PostNotorion, on 7 Jul, 2009 - 08:42 PM, said:

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If a company doesnt hire you based on a subpar GPA, then you probably wouldnt want to work there anyway.


how about these huge corporations that require 3.0 and such?


do these corporations require you to have a 3.0 if you graduated 20 years ago? I highly doubt it.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:47 AM

From everything I hear from professionals that I know, I've learned one very important fact.

Portfolio > GPA

...by a landslide.
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Re: Does college GPA matter?

Posted 08 July 2009 - 11:11 PM

Higher GPA means you know more and work harder. Only a bad company would overlook this.

Although I do agree that GPA means more to the entry programmers, but I'd rather be an entry programmer at a good company than a crappy one. That's why I bust my ass right now.
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