Magna/summa cum laude on resume

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  1. nerdykarim

    nerdykarim Senior member

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    At my (decidedly non-ivy) undergrad, the degree of honors you received was based on the quality of your honors thesis, not of your overall GPA. Highest honors, then, signified that you chose to write a thesis and that it was very strong.

    If your school granted you with an honors designation, I would explicitly note it on your resume--it may not be as intuitive for whoever is reading your resume.
     


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    otc Senior member

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    as far as I know, we don't use those funny words

    general honors are at 3.25 though... lets hear it for schools that didn't let grade inflation hit hard!
     


  3. nate10184

    nate10184 Senior member

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    Wow 3.5 is cum laude? I'm pretty sure my school started above 3.7, summa was above 3.9. Don't think it matters a ton personally.
     


  4. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    nobody really cares where you went to college fyi, get some friends, good lord.

    Fixed
     


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    SoCal2NYC Fashion Hayzus

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    Conne is very proud of all the cum he gets.
     


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    Kohan Senior member

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    If you end up writing an honors thesis, it'd be a disservice to yourself not to list your honors qualifications on your CV. If it's GPA honors alone, I say put it or don't, but at least have the GPA.

    I wouldn't put it in size 24 at the top of the page like "CONNE GOT H0N0RZ B1TCHES!" but it's still worth mentioning---especially if you do submit a thesis, because then it draws attention to something remarkable that you chose to do and pulled off successfully. I'm told employers like that.


    on that note, dammit I want my grades!
     


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    What you should really do is try to changge this wasp image you are trying to cultivate. Even the waspiest of institutions have realized by now that wasp kids are a bunch of lazy twits raised with a huge sense of entitlement. That's why they hire us ethnic folks.
     


  8. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I'd be careful where you use it and based on what degree you obtain. I mean, if it's an engineering degree, from a good school, I'd drop "with honors" or "cum laude" on my resume. If it's a poly sci or English degree, from an average school, I'd be embarrassed to drop anything but summa on my resume, as I'd not want to draw attention to the fact I fucked up such an easy undergrad.
     


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    I've just screened 245 applications (professional government job). I don't care where they went to university or what degree they received. I just wanted to know if they read the job advertisement properly and were to able to respond in coherent sentences to its requirements in their cover letters and resumes. I've encountered lots of stupid people who managed to get themselves "good" degrees. That first impression fades quickly.
     


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    My college was cum laude at 3.15, magna at 3.3, and summa at 3.5 I believe, not that I sniffed any of them.

    Our Dean's List was 3.0. Not the best college for a GPA boost...
     


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    Wow 3.5 is cum laude? I'm pretty sure my school started above 3.7, summa was above 3.9. Don't think it matters a ton personally.


    It depends on the school. The more a school inflates the grades, or the ease of courses, the higher the GPAs have to be. There would be no sense in having an honors designation if 90% of the people received it.
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I've just screened 245 applications (professional government job). I don't care where they went to university or what degree they received. I just wanted to know if they read the job advertisement properly and were to able to respond in coherent sentences to its requirements in their cover letters and resumes. I've encountered lots of stupid people who managed to get themselves "good" degrees. That first impression fades quickly.

    Wow. 245 apps for a professional government job? Shows times are tough.
     


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    I've just screened 245 applications (professional government job). I don't care where they went to university or what degree they received. I just wanted to know if they read the job advertisement properly and were to able to respond in coherent sentences to its requirements in their cover letters and resumes. I've encountered lots of stupid people who managed to get themselves "good" degrees. That first impression fades quickly.

    If this is fed govt, then the application process is waaaay harder than anything I did at college.
     


  14. nate10184

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    It depends on the school. The more a school inflates the grades, or the ease of courses, the higher the GPAs have to be. There would be no sense in having an honors designation if 90% of the people received it.

    True. But I definitely wouldn't say the school I went to was easy, there were just a lot of people who worked their asses off. IIRC it was top 25%, top 10%, top 5% for cum, magna, summa.
     


  15. chronoaug

    chronoaug Boston Hipster (Dropkick Murphy)

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    Is this something people generally do? I would imagine "cum laude" is typically left off as it is pretty common, right? Most schools I am familiar with grant cum laude at 3.5, magna at 3.7 and summa at 3.9. But I don't know.
    I wish. At my school it was 3.7 for cum laude, 3.7 + thesis for magna, and 3.8 with thesis that was also recommended for high honors by a body of teachers for summa. Only GPA is easy shit
     


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