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Today we are going to be discussing college grade point average and how it affects big 4 recruiting.
Let’s answer the age-old question does GPA matter at the big 4 accounting firms . Can you get a job at the big 4 accounting firms with a low GPA?
I think this question has to be tackled from many different angles.
There is no yes or no answer to this question. I’m sorry, but it depends on the person and the circumstances.
For example, if you live in a small town in Wyoming and go to a small school in Wyoming, then yes you need a good gpa. If on the other hand you go to the University of Texas or BYU, and your gpa is low, then I wouldn’t worry about it.
The Big 4 do have minimum gpa requirements, but they aren’t the same at all schools. At some schools like Texas and BYU they are only 3.2. At other schools, the GPA requirements are 3.7. That is because the big 4 receive tons of candidates from those other schools with really high GPAs.
It’s much harder to get a 3.9 at BYU or Texas than it is at Baruch or University of Phoenix. Now I know I’ll get a bunch of emails from the Baruch people telling me how difficult it is at their school, but I’d ask them to go to BYU or Texas and then let me know their thoughts.
How to get around having a low GPA
Can you get a job at one of the big 4 accounting firms with a low gpa. Yes I believe you can work at KPMG, PwC, Deloitte or EY with a low GPA, but you truly have to believe in it. Write it down somewhere everyday. Make it all you think about and your conscious and subconscious brain will get you there. Your brain will solve this problem for you if you let it. You will either use some of the strategies I have above or you will come up with a derivative strategy on your own.
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