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What is a good GPA for computer science?

I just finished my first semester of computer science and have average grades so far. Was wondering what is typically considered a good gpa for cs. #computer-science

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Molly’s Answer

From my college experience, a good GPA in computer science was a 3.0 which is about a B average. Obviously, the higher GPA you have, the more opportunities you'll have, but that is a good average GPA.


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Joanne’s Answer

Hi ... try not to fall below a "3".


Back in the day, I had a combination of really good grades for the computer classes and OK grades for the others, so I finished somewhere in the 3.5 range (think of it as a nice B+). I also had non-stop computer type jobs during my entire collegiate duration, which provided really nice fodder for the resume.


The more experience you get to put on a resume, the better the chances to hold a hiring manager's attention.


Think of it like this ... a computer is most likely scanning the resumes to see which ones 'bubble to the top".


First sweep would be the GPA - that's pretty easy. Any applicant with a GPA above a certain number moves on to the next level.


Then, there are probably key words or sections the screening script is looking for (i.e. python, linux). If you have that experience in your resume, you may proceed to the next level.


.. and so on and so on ....


It's a game - the goal is to be able to actually interview with the manager so you can sell yourself.

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Hanish’s Answer

I would suggest keeping your GPA above 3.0, a lot of companies out there don't really care for what your GPA as long as its above 3.0 its good enough. Obviously, having a higher GPA is nice but it does not really limit you on opportunities. A good idea to keep your GPA is high is balancing harder courses and easier courses. Best way to do this by talking to your seniors, or your advisor.
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Rajesh’s Answer

Focus more on learning and skill building, and what you can do after you graduate. What value can you add to any industry is more important than just grades. Good grades will qualify you to for some of the next goals like higher education, certain companies will require minimum GPA to get an interview, etc.

But based on my personal experience and what we see in the industry these days, there are more important things that industry is now looking for than just CGPA. Like communication skills, working in a team, adaptability, thinking out of the box, being innovative, good balance between depth versus breadth, etc.

Good luck with your studies and career!

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Daniel’s Answer

Really depends on what you wanna do. Some places may look to have >3.0 or higher, some places may not care as much. More weight will be given to internships or other work experience, as well as technical interviews. A good gpa mostly helps get your foot in the door, so if you have other means of doing so it's not the end of the world to have a more middling gpa. But if you don't have good internships, etc, you will have a harder time getting a job at a top place right out of school.


After your first significant fulltime job, largely nobody cares about your gpa at all.

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Sara’s Answer

At most universities a 2.0 is the minimum requirement to graduate and avoid being placed academic probabtion. Generally speaking a 3.0 or higher is considered "good" across all majors. I wouldn't recommend listing a GPA below 3.0 on a resume.

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