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How much does GPA really matter?

Any chance some of you older folks who have graduated college can help me out here on this one? As a (somewhat) struggling ME student, I can't seem to get a straight answer out of anybody. I only ask on a bike forum because 1) It seems like there are quite a few engineering / technology type of people here 2) Nobody here knows me personally and therefore has no obligation to bend the truth. I know I don't post around here often, but would appreciate any insight anybody has to offer. Thanks
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Re: How much does GPA really matter?

As long as it's not horrible...in my opinion it's mostly just for "bragging rights."

When I got out and started looking for a job, it was all about experience. Most of the places I looked didn't give a crap what my GPA was, but instead were very interested in where I had worked and gained my experience.

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I've heard the term "C's earn degrees" on more than one occasion.
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Re: How much does GPA really matter?

Dunno about that. When I applied at CBS the application stated that applicants with GPAs less than 3.85 need not complete the app . . .

My daughter has resumes out with the NSA, CIA and FBI. It took a 3.7 or better to even get the address to send them to . . .
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Need a 3.5 to be eligible to get your test for your welding certifications up here.
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Re: How much does GPA really matter?

IT is kind of a strange arena... they usually care more about experience than a degree. Mainly because most of the actual 'technical' schooling you received was probably already outdated before you graduated. Some of the foundations like systems analysis and what not don't change much however.

Every job I have applied for only cared if I had one or not. In fact, most didn't even care what the degree was in, just as long as you had it. Certainly no one cared what my GPA was. It was just a checkbox; "Education Level Completed - College".

Now, that doesn't mean that in the interview it wouldn't come up.

It also seems that people that really care about it usually went to "better" colleges. That's just my observations...
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Re: How much does GPA really matter?

The most recent company I applied with had an optional spot for writing down your GPA with a note that it would be verified if provided but it was still optional.

I don't put too much stock into GPA as I went to school with people getting a 4.0 who had the common-sense of a rock.
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The most recent company I applied with had an optional spot for writing down your GPA with a note that it would be verified if provided but it was still optional.

I don't put too much stock into GPA as I went to school with people getting a 4.0 who had the common-sense of a rock.
on your last point I will totally agree. Street smarts don't correspond to a GPA by any stretch of the imagination.

I can honestly say that I have never obtained any work/job/account or contract because of my GPA or degrees. My usual comment is that I can take my degrees and $1.35 and buy a cup of coffee at the Big Boys as long as someone else picks up the tip.

I do know however that a lot of work, especially in the Gov't/National Security sector requires an original signed and imprinted copy of your degree credentials and transcripts with the GPA highlighted before they will even return an e-mail or written inquiry.
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Re: How much does GPA really matter?

I don't doubt you about the fed stuff, I just don't have any first hand knowledge of it is all.
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I don't doubt you about the fed stuff, I just don't have any first hand knowledge of it is all.
You wouldn't frikkin believe the stuff my daughter had to provide with her app to the NSA (which is actually looking pretty good right now ).
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What is she going for there?
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What is she going for there?
Incident investigation and SAT data review.
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You wouldn't frikkin believe the stuff my daughter had to provide with her app to the NSA (which is actually looking pretty good right now ).
ummm yes I would

OK here is my answer:
A high GPA is like a degree it will open more doors quicker. If you have a lower GPA some places may not care others will exclude you. However of those that exclude you there are other ways (hard work and experience) that you can enter via a alternative later.

As far as I know most Master's of Engineering programs require a 3.0. Again you will not be excluded without it, rather you will enter on probation or some other conditional way.

In short it is important BUT it is only a portion of the over all you. If it is going to be weak I recommend two things:
1) Improve it as much as possible while you can
2) Gain experience as this tends to override a low GPA (co-op, etc.)

Prepare to compensate for it just like you would any short coming in life and you will be fine.

Oh and if you have any intention of getting a Master's every day that goes by before you start decreases the odd you will enter a Master's program.

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Incident investigation and SAT data review.
Kewl! Wish her luck!
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Incident investigation and SAT data review.


The NSA rocks...

why put off today what you can wake up late and forget to do tomorrow.

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