I am applying for a master's program in the US and am not sure how I should present my GPA ethically when discussing it. I have an undergrad total GPA of 3.394 and when asked to put in my undergrad GPA it only gives room for 2 digits and nothing more. EX: 3.0. Can I round up my GPA since it's so close to 3.4, or would this be unethical and I should round down to 3.3?

To make this as general as possible: How should one round their GPA when only 2 digits are accepted, and they're less than .05 away from the next digit?

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    Standard rounding rules would say anything larger than 3.35 should be rounded to 3.4, so 3.394 definitely should. – Nate Eldredge Jun 19 '17 at 18:02
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    Just to play devil's advocate, I'm guessing that the form doesn't actually say to be "rounding" it, we're just inferring that. Arguably they may expect it to be truncated instead. (Not that it would be my top guess.) – Daniel R. Collins Jun 19 '17 at 21:22
  • My undergraduate GPA was X.Y5, I wish I had known rounding to X.Z (Z=Y+1) was proper. – ChuckCottrill May 22 '18 at 14:19
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    You round up at 1/2 boundaries and down below it. Just don't round successively, so that 3.498 -> 3.5 -> hey 4.0! Nor – TheDoctor May 23 '18 at 20:39

There are widely accepted standard rounding rules: any number greater than or equal to 3.35 should be rounded up to 3.4. There is no reason to expect that an application would want non-conventional rules for rounding GPAs.

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