# GPA Calculator for the University of California

**Rules for calculating GPA**

- Pluses and minuses do not matter. An grade of A+ or A- also counts as an A.
- Only count courses taken after the 9th grade. If you took a summer class before 10th grade, you should count that.
- When deciding between semesters, quarters, and trimesters, do NOT count summer school as one term. For example, a trimester system should consist of a Fall trimester, Winter trimester, and Spring trimester. A quarter system should consist of 2 Fall quarters and 2 Spring quarters. A semester system should consist of 1 Fall semester and 1 Spring semester.
**Honors courses for California students:**Get a list of UC honors courses for your high school by going to hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist and searching for your high school’s name.**Honors courses for out of state students:**AP courses and IB Higher Level courses are counted as UC honors courses. See more detailed rules on this page.- The weighted GPA includes 1 extra point for each grade received in a UC approved honors course.
- The weighted and capped GPA also includes 1 extra point for each honors grade. However, only up to 8 semesters of honors courses will be awarded honors points. If you have more than 8 semesters of honors grades, then the excess grades will be treated as regular courses. The 8-semester cap is equivalent to 16 quarters or 12 trimesters. Additionally, no more than 4 semesters worth of honors points can be from courses taken in the 10th grade.
- Do not count honors points for failing grades (D or F).
- If you failed and/or retook a course, see the Calculating UC GPA FAQ.
- If you took a-g courses at a community college, include them in your GPA. You should also count community college courses as honors courses if they are eligble for transfer credit. Use this site to look up transfer elibility for California community colleges.

**Is my GPA high enough?**

Check out the UC Freshmen Admissions Calculator for more information about specific UC schools.

**How does this work?**

The University of California system has a specific way of determining weighted and capped GPA on a scale from 0 to 4.0, although scores higher than a 4.0 can be attained with honors courses. Each class contributes a number of grade points depending on the grade received. This calculator adds up all of your grade points and takes the average, yielding your GPA.

*GPA = (4A + 3B + 2C + 1D + 0F + H) / (A + B + C + D + F)*

It's not rocket science, it’s just math! You could, of course, do this on any calculator, but you could come to RogerHub too because it’s cool. (:

## 305 CommentsAdd one

These comments were written by anonymous visitors. Roger’s comments are colored blue.

I am taking 2 AP courses and 2 honors courses (One is a college course offered through my highschool). I received all A’s this semester. How many advanced classes shouldn’t I take judo or year to try to becompetitive for UCLA? I am out of state

Hi roger, I have a 4.17 UC Gpa but a low 1170 on the new SAT. I'm looking to get into UCSD or UC Irvine and I was wondering what are my chances of getting into these colleges. I've tried to better my chances with an abundance of extracurricular activities and I have a low economic background. My counselors have also praised my personal insight essays for being very good reads. How much of a factor will these play in helping my chances into these colleges and what are my chances regardless of these factors?

Roger: I think you’re asking the wrong person. I don’t actually know anything about college admissions. Anyway, good luck!I noticed when planning classes that because the UC GPA is capped, if you take more AP/Honors classes your capped GPA will actually go down (while your unweighted uncapped will go up). UC definitely wouldn't discourage you from taking rigorous classes, so would this small loss of GPA matter to them?

Roger: My understanding is that admissions is based on your entire transcript, whereas your GPA is only a statistic. The intent of cap is to reduce variance between students that take large numbers of honors courses, not to punish students that take additional courses.hey roger,

i had a 89.78 i think in math but it was a A- and now we just had finals and i got a 83.98%, so now my grade is a 89.14 my goal is to try to get at LEAST a A-. Now i noticed i got a F on a test which is low score dropped. If she drops that score will it be a A-? Tests count as 40% of our grade.

thx-

Roger: The answer depends on (1) how many tests you’ve taken so far and (2) what you scored on all your other tests. Try out the calculator mode labeled “I need something else”. It should be able to answer your question.I currently have a 3.34 unweighted gpa after first semester of freshman year. Is this good enough for UCLA if I am an out of state student

Roger: The minimum GPA for out-of-state applicants is 3.4, but keep in mind that (1) you can count an extra point for AP/IB-level courses, (2) if this is your first semester of high school, you have plenty of time to improve your grades, and (3) the UC GPA only counts courses taken after 9th grade anyway.