QUESTION: I am a new grad with a 2.98 in mechanical engineering from PSU. A lot of websites and job ads require a 3.0. Is it acceptable to round my GPA up?
ANSWER: First, congratulations on your new degree! Now, on to the nitty-gritty: You don't want to misrepresent yourself during the application process, and, quite frankly, it's not going to be your GPA that will open any doors for you. That's not at all to say it's a lost cause - especially because as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grad there will be plenty of opportunities out there for you. What you can do is to be sure to highlight any relevant experience, involvement in extracurricular activities, papers or presentations, or other special projects that will help you stand out from the other applicants and come across as more than just a number. And don't let the job posting requirements scare you off - apply anyway - there's no reason to let a measly 0.02 points get in your way as you start your career in a growing field.
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