Should I Put My GPA on My Resume [Where & How to List It]

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Every company wants to see that you have a strong GPA on your CV.

Or is it?

And what, exactly, qualifies as a high GPA?

Take heart.

Everything you need to know about whether or not to list your GPA on a resume is about to be revealed to you.

This piece will demonstrate:

  • How to proceed if your GPA isn’t very high.
  • The best ways to use your grade point average.
  • What GPA should be initially included? Major GPA, general?
  • Can you make it more rounded so it looks better?

1. Should I Put My GPA on My Resume?

To start:

Be aware that listing your GPA on your resume is optional. At least most of the time.

Having stated that,

Include your GPA on your resume:

if the boss asks for it.

if it was at least 3.5 and

You’re submitting a resume for your first job, or

You recently received your diploma, perhaps two to three years ago.

Why?

The first point very much speaks for itself. You should absolutely provide your GPAs (or transcripts, exam results, etc.) if the employer requests them.

Pro tip: It’s preferable to completely exclude your grade point average than to falsify information. Never inflate your GPA on a CV. In actuality, it’s never a good idea to lie on a CV.

Include your GPA on your CV if it is 3.5 or better (on a 4-point scale).

Some employers could use your GPA as a type of performance indicator if you have no professional experience.

Should I list my 3.44 GPA on my CV, some of you may wonder? Or is it possible to round a GPA on a resume?

Listen:

On a CV, we DO NOT advise rounding your GPA. Not upward nor downward.

Just list your GPA exactly as it is on a resume.

Why?

You will need to provide an explanation if the recruiter notices a difference between your academic record and résumé.

Which might not be extremely cozy.

Now

Simply truncate the last digit if your GPA includes three decimal places for some reason. Your best bet is always to do that.

This is how it goes:

Make your GPA 3.44 if it says 3.443 on your transcript.

Remember:

Ridiculous to round up. Why not round 3.7 to 4.0 after all? See what I mean?

Pro tip: Your GPA is quite important in several professions, including investment banking, and you must put it on your CV.

2. When Not to Put GPA on a Resume

To tell the truth

To find the solution, simply invert all of the preconditions from the preceding section.

So—

Never include your GPA on a resume:

  • unless the employer requests otherwise.
  • If it fell below 3.5, and
  • Your application is not for your first job, or
  • You graduated over two to three years ago.

Let’s simply dissect it.

Including a GPA on a resume is not required. You don’t have to include anything if the employer doesn’t ask for it.

If your grade point average is under 3.5, you have nothing to be proud of. Sorry.

Your prior work experience will be considerably more important than your academic performance.

Despite the fact that more and more employers are checking the GPAs on the resumes of recent graduates, according to the 2019 NACE Job Outlook Survey—

The same survey reveals that a GPA comes in at number eight on a list of factors that affect hiring decisions (with a score of 3.3 on a 5-point scale).

Why?

As was already noted, if you have little work experience, your GPA functions as a kind of supplemental performance indicator.

However, employers are also well aware of grade inflation and give considerably more weight to factors besides your grades.

Pro Tip: If the employer requests that applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and your GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.4, include it. Although it’s not great, you shouldn’t exclude it if the company asks for it and you match the standards.

3. What About Major GPA on a Resume?

This is how it goes:

You can include your major’s GPA.

You can enter your major GPA in place of your overall GPA if it is greater.

Consider including both if your major GPA and total GPA are both really high. But be sure to label them.

Pro tip: Always confirm the type of GPA the employer requests from you. If your major GPA is higher than your total GPA, don’t use the latter. A falsehood, that would be.

4. Where to Put Your GPA on a Resume

You can put your GPA directly in your resume education section.

This option works best when your GPA is the only academic achievement you want to display on your resume.

GPA on a Resume—Examples

Education

2009 MA in History

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

GPA 3.7

2010 MA in Art Sciences

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Overall GPA 3.75 | Major GPA 4.0

You may also include it in a section of your resume devoted to accomplishments and honors.

This method of including a GPA on a resume is excellent if you also have other accomplishments to highlight.

Pro tip: To avoid confusion, round your GPA down to 4.0 if it is higher than 4.0 (which is feasible at some institutions and universities).

Awards and Achievements—GPA on a Resume

  • 2014–2017 Dean’s List
  • The 2017 Student of the Year Award
  • The top honor in a student essay competition
  • GPA overall of 4.0
  • 4.0 major GPA

Key Takeaways

What you need to know about listing your GPA on a resume is as follows:

  • A GPA on a CV is not required (most of the time).
  • If the employer asks you to, list your GPA.
  • If your GPA is greater than 3.5 or equal to it, add it.
  • Only if you have less than three years of experience should you think about including your GPA.
  • If you are an experienced candidate, omit the GPA.
  • Always abide by the guidelines outlined in the employment offer.