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Old 06-23-2015, 10:24 PM
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Default Low GPA from a top school vs high GPA from a mediocre school

What if you went to an Ivy league school, or a school like MIT, Caltech, UCB or Stanford and got a 2.0 GPA. Would it be better than a 4.0 at a school like UMiami, FIU or Hood College?
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Depends on what your Putnam and SAT scores were.
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Personally, I would have a hard time with a 2.0 from anywhere these days. I might compare a 3.0 from Stanford with a 4.0 from a lesser school, but I'm not likely to consider much below a 3.0 in the current market. There are just too many resumes on my desk for a limited number of openings.
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Given the current state of grade inflation, if you get a 2.0 from an Ivy, then you did a fricken terrible job.
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Instructors who give their students low grades often don't get tenure.
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Given the current state of grade inflation, if you get a 2.0 from an Ivy, then you did a fricken terrible job.
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I have always thought it's harder to get good grades from decent schools than in outstanding schools. Good schools want to main their students' grade stats.
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Depends entirely on the bias of the hiring manager--what school did that person go to and what was his/her gpa? Actuaries who went to top schools are in a small minority so guess...

That said, 2.0 from a top school is really bad. All that shows is that you were smart in high school and then fell off a cliff.
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If you went to MIT and did Physics/Engineering and got a 2.0 GPA......

I'd ask you in for an interview to hear your story.
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