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    Hey guys, just wondering what the general consensus is among the recruiters on this board regarding GPA. I've just applied to a PD, but absentmindedly didn't verify my GPA was over 2.0. In Texas, it seems, most agencies want a 2.0 or better if you have the 60 credit hours. I have a BA from a midwestern university in Broadcast Comm. A lot of good that did me . Thought I was gonna be the next Edward R. Murrow.

    Anyway, getting back on point, are you recruiters using the GPA as a big disqualifier in the hiring process, or is this something that may be overcome through valid explanation or extinuating circumstances? To be honest, I spent more of my parents' tuition money goofing off in class rather than applying myself. Not that I wasn't interested, but I was young and dumb and didn't maintain proper discipline in my studies.

    It has been some time since I checked (over 7 years), and I am confident that my GPA is better than 2.0. However, I could be wrong. It could be 1.8, or 1.9-ish. I'm not the kind of person who remembers what his grades were over the years.

    Also, I have gone to night school several times in the past few years and had a 2.5 GPA for 12 hours earned. Does that GPA get added to the mix to bump me up? Or is it a stand-alone?
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    GPA was never an issue when I did backgrounds. We had a minimum education requirement for the job. If you possessed the necessary diploma, then you continued in the hiring process, If you didn't possess the necessary diploma, you were DQed. Grades were meaningless and we never even asked about them.

    I have never heard of an agency that requires a certain GPA. Which one is it?
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    • #3
      Just about all the local Houston departments. HPD, Pasadena, Harris County, Constable...etc. etc.

      The language reads that (paraphrasing): Applicant must have 60 hours college credit with 2.0 GPA or better.

      I went ahead and ordered copies of transcripts from the three colleges I took classes from. Gotta see about the one where I'm degreed. Hopefully, it isn't as bad as I fear.
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      • #4
        You're good don't worry.

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        • #5
          As long as you passed with a 2.0 or better no one really cares what your GPA is.

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            As long as you graduated, I hate to say it but most do not care what your GPA was.
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