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GPA Calculator for the University of California

This tool will calculate your high school GPA, according to the standards used by the University of California. You will need a copy of your transcript.

Your school uses to assign grades

You’ve earned A grades

You’ve achieved B grades

You’ve gotten C grades

You’ve made D grades

You’ve received F grades

You have grades for honors courses

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. (:

289 CommentsAdd one

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

LL
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:53:28 GMT

Hi Roger,

I am a Canadian student, and my school has 9 courses each year. Do I need to count all eighteen courses (from gr 10 to gr 11) in my GPA? And will admissions not look at gr 9 grades?

Also, my high school does not have AP classes, so I took the tests after self study. Does the exam count for a weighted GPA, or is it only the courses that count?

Thanks so much :)))

vee
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:05:23 GMT

do we have to include our pe grades as well? or it doesnt count for ucs

Roger: Use the A-G Course List website to determine which courses count as A-G. I don’t think P.E. counts, but a health class might.

sakina lokhandwala
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 04:53:13 GMT

how do i calculate my gpa when in 10 th grade my school had semester system and in 11 th grade the school changed to a quarter system.

Roger: I’d estimate by counting each semester as 2 quarters.

Joe Bidon
Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:43:52 GMT

If you took a course over summer at a community college over summer between 10th and 11th grade, but you already had 4 semesters worth of honors courses in 10th grade could u count the community college class a semester with honors when calculating the uc gpa

Roger: I’m fairly certain that courses taken after the 10th grade (including summer courses) are counted as 11th grade courses, so the 4 semester cap on honors courses shouldn’t apply to your summer courses.

Cori Madison
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:46:02 GMT

Does UC's look at senior year marks or are they admitting students based on sophomore and junior year marks?

Roger: You have the option of submitting a mid-year report to the UC’s, which would contain your senior year grades for the first half of your senior year. But as far as I know, the report is optional and most students don’t submit it. The UC’s also require you to notify them if you get a “C” grade or lower, in which case they have the option of rescinding your admissions offer. Some time in July (immediately before your UC enrollment begins), the UC’s will require you to send them your final transcript, which should contain all of your high school grades. Does this answer your question?

Ryan
Sun, 29 Oct 2017 21:06:30 GMT

My school only reports year end grades on the transcript. How would that work in calculating my gpa?

Roger: I think you should count each of your year end grades as two semesters.

Joshua
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:24:24 GMT

I have taken SAT 3 times

first time : M (730) R&W(650) Essay 19
second time : M (710) R&W(680) Essay 17
third time : M (710) R&W(700) Essay 17

Will UCs take the best individual scores ( 730+ 700 & essay 19) of the three or the last one i took ?

Roger: You’re thinking of a practice known as “super scoring”. The UC’s claim they only look at the highest score from a single sitting. See this FAQ for more details.

Walter Garms
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:57:31 GMT

I'm unclear about entering SAT scores on your UC Admissions calculator. Your form asks for three numbers (math, reading, writing) in the 200-800 range, but College Board only reports two (math and combined reading and writing). The essays are scored 1-8. So if I got
710 Math
760 Reading/writing
7,7,7 Essay
what would I put in your calculator? (used 710, 760, 760 just to get it to work)

Roger: That calculator was designed for the old 2400 point SAT scoring system. There isn’t any new data available to update the calculator, as far as I know.

James
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:02:18 GMT

Hey roger, for the weighted gpa with honors courses would we include honors courses from 9-12 grade in our calculation or only 10-11? Confused by the part about 8 semesters.

Roger: This calculator is roughly based off of the instructions in this FAQ about the UC GPA, which only includes courses taken after the 9th grade. In other contexts, it’s also valid to include courses taken in the 9th grade. Did you have a more specific question?

Ryan
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 18:43:40 GMT

My school does not do semesters, but rather they take the final grade for transcripts and GPA. Do I calculate two quarters and midterm/final for a semester, or just the whole year course? In our school each quarter is worth 20% of final grade and each midterm/final 10%

Roger: I don’t quite understand what you’re saying. Do you have letter grades on your official transcript? If not, what’s on your transcript?

Justin S
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 03:54:39 GMT

If I'm calculating GPA based on a semester system, would a summer class be considered 2 As or just one since it isn't two semesters long like my other high school classes?

Roger: I think it depends on the class. If you received 2 separate grades on your transcript for your summer class, then it counts as 2 semesters. If you only received a single grade, then it counts as one.

jonwonpopker
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:17:30 GMT

Hey Roger,
I was wondering if I had a chance at any UC schools. My gpa weighted is a 3.83 and unweighted is a 3.59. I am currently a junior in high school. My 10-11 (as of right now) UC gpa is a 3.94. I also do ec’s such as clubs and sports (varsity since freshman year). I have taken some AP and honors courses. Can you tell me if I have a shot on any UC schools? Currently first semester of Junior year.

Roger: I’m probably the wrong person to ask. I don’t actually know anything about any of the UC schools, other than UC Berkeley. I’m not a college counselor, just a computer programmer (and former student). But I think you have a great shot at plenty of UC’s. Good luck!

John S
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:25:26 GMT

How much of extra curricular activities is important for UC admissions as I do not have much other than ~150 hours of various community services.

My UC capped weighted GPA is 3.9 and uncapped weighted GPA is 4.2 and SAT is 1380.

Roger: That sounds fine. I didn’t do diddly squat.

John S
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:06:33 GMT

My GPA is

Weighted GPA (10 -11) 4.20
Unweighted GPA (10 - 11) 3.63
Weighted and capped (10-11) 3.9

My SAT is 1380/1600

I am interested in applying to BSCS to all UCs

I have been told that if I apply as "undeclared" my chances are high and then i can always transfer, i am scared to go as "undeclared" and get stuck in something other than CS, I would rather go declared and take my chances.

Any suggestions ?

Roger: I don’t know about the other UC’s, but at UC Berkeley, there’s a minimum GPA you need to get in the lower division courses before you’re allowed to declare a computer science major. Some students don’t meet the requirement and are forced into other majors instead. The requirement changes from time to time, but it’s higher than the target average GPA for each of those courses (typically a 2.9), so that means that the average student would not be accepted. Also, I don’t believe Berkeley lets you declare CS during admissions (but you can declare EECS). Evaluate your confidence in competing with other undeclared CS majors, and make your decision based on that.

Jacob
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:58:39 GMT

If I took a course at my local community college the summer after 11th grade, do I count that as well?

Roger: Yep. Any course you took after 9th grade counts.

Jack
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:40:55 GMT

When i look at the average gpa to get into a UC in google, is that gpa the uc gpa, or the unweighted?

Roger: It depends on which website you looked at. I’ve seen all three (unweighted, weighted, and weighted+capped) used to describe freshmen admit distributions.

Anonymous
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:48:46 GMT

I hear UCLA, UCB, and UCSD are super hard to get into and I'm not sure if the percentages I see are true. Weighted and capped 4.0; Weighted 4.13; ACT 35

Priya
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:30:21 GMT

Hi,
I took 3rd year language class the summer before 11th grade in community college. This course was not high school requirement, but UC recommended. Do I include this in calculating UC GPA. Thanks

Roger: Probably, yes. You should include any community college courses in an a-g subject area that you took after 9th grade.

Anonymous
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:17:55 GMT

Hi I got a c in AP English 11 both semesters. does it count as a b since its an AP class?

Roger: For this calculator, you should count that as a C grade. The AP class’s honors point will be factored in automatically from the last input field that asks you for the number of honors courses you’ve taken so far.

Rod
Sun, 10 Sep 2017 02:14:45 GMT

Hey R, I got a 3.32 for my unweighted and a 3.56 for my weighted, which UC would accept me?

Sarah
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:54:47 GMT

My son has UC GPA weighted 3.9 and ACT score of 35. Which UC does he have a best chance to get into?

Joey
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:09:28 GMT

Hey Roger,
How would the UC's incorporate classes taken under a quarter system into the UC gpa. For example, I go to a high school that uses the semester system, but I took approved community college classes in the summer that use the quarter system. Are quarters weighted differently from semesters. Thanks!

Roger: No, I think each quarter of a community college class should count as a single semester in your UC GPA.

Lynn
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 05:49:45 GMT

I have A's in all of my classes except one B in Math Analysis for my 10th and 11th grade school year. My US History was AP and English has been Honors/IB. The classes I am register for this year as a senior are English 4 H, AP Science, Spanish Lit AP, and Calc AP. I would like to drop Cal my senior year and take Math Studies IB. Will that hurt my chances in applying to UCLA where I really want to go or should I stay in Calc ? My weighted GPA 4.12 and unweighted 3.96.

Roger: I’m not sure what impact it’ll have on your admissions, but I encourage you to continue with AP Calculus. Since it’s your senior year, your second semester grades don’t matter anyway.

SW
Sun, 03 Sep 2017 22:19:11 GMT

How do we calculate independent study PE toward accumulate UC GPA? It only has pass or fail grade with 10 credits. Thanks!

Roger: I think you’re supposed to ignore courses not taken for a letter grade.

John Smith
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:45:01 GMT

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The "AP" classes are actually IB classes.... if that makes a difference

John Smith
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:42:11 GMT

Hey Roger,

I was wondering if currently I have a 4.0 weighted high school GPA, and I'm taking 4 AP classes and 2 CP classes in total, if my weighted GPA can go up to a 4.3 or higher by the end of this year assuming I get all A's in every single course because as of right now, I have no chance of getting into a UC, but I really want to.

Thank You

Roger: If you get all A’s in your 4 AP and 2 CP classes, I think that’s impressive enough to merit consideration.

Tommy
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 03:23:16 GMT

Hey so for the # grades i received in honors/weighted classes. I took 4 ap and 1 honors in a semester - scheduled school. Should I then put I had 10 grades then?

Roger: Sounds right to me.

Ryan
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:32:53 GMT

Do art courses count on UC gpa's? This would really help especially since I take a lot of art.

Roger: They usually do. If you want to be extra sure and you attend a California high school, just check the list.

Ricardo Hinojosa
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:40:43 GMT

Is it really required to take 3 years of foreign language cause i am a sophmore and i haven't tooken any language.

Roger: I always thought the requirement was 2 years, but most people aimed for 4.

Jason
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:21:53 GMT

Does a community college class count as 1 semester or 2 semesters?

Roger: Depends what class it is. First, check that your course is a UC-transferrable community college course. If you received one grade for the course (which is typical), then it counts as a single semester (as an honors course).

Kevin Brown
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:48:01 GMT

I will be a senior at high school this Fall, i just finished a java course at deanza college over the summer. Will this be considered as a 1 semester or 2 semester for a high schooler. I have been told that it will be considered as two semesters when i transfer that to my high school transcript ? is that true ?

Roger: Did you receive only one grade for the entire course? If so, I feel like that only counts as a single semester in your GPA (on the bright side, it’s counted as an honors course).

John
Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:34:10 GMT

I see GPA range as 3.95 - 4.25 on the UC Davis page for 2017 freshman profile

http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/campuses/davis/freshman-profile/index.html

Is this Capped Weighted GPA ( capped to 8 semesters) or is it Uncapped Weighted GPA ?

Roger: I believe that’s the capped and weighted GPA.

Chris Blackburn
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:19:40 GMT

Hey I was just wondering for a college like UCB, is it better to take Calc BC or Calc AB and another AP class? Do they care about the quality or quantity more (since it seems like quantity counts for a higher GPA). Thanks!

Roger: I wouldn’t recommend taking Calc BC without first taking Calc AB (unless you already know the material?). I think you should pick a courseload that you think you can handle and focus on courses that interest you. That being said, why not take all 3?

Marie Thornton
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:09:40 GMT

Hi. This is so tricky. Here's the situation I have an A average in qualifying middle, freshman and sophomore math classes that fit the a-g requirements. But I took calculus in JR year and got a D. Soo am I ineligible for Cal State and UC schools because of the D in an extra a-g class? Thanks. Your site is wonderful.

Roger: I haven’t heard of any kind of automatic rejection based on a single failing grade (although if you get a failing grade in your senior year, you’re usually required to report it promptly). If you retake the course and pass, you’ll be able to replace your failing grade in your GPA calculation. Have you considered that?

JC
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:49:59 GMT

Hi! I just wanted to clarify something about the honor points. So if I took 6 honors courses and passed all of them, would that be 12 grades for honors courses? Thank you very much!

Roger: Assuming that you received 2 grades per course, yes.

Anna
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:48:31 GMT

Hi! I need help with imputing my courses in the section for "grades for honor courses". My high school uses semesters to assign grades. I gotten an A for both semesters of AP World, A for both semester for AP US History, an A for the first semester of AP Physics but a B for the second semester, and a C for the first semester of Calculus but a D for the second semester. What would I put in that section? The number "7" because I failed one semester? Or do I put "5" because they are the semesters that I gotten an A in?

Thank you so much for your help!

Roger: Great question. You should count 7 honors points, since honors points aren’t awarded for D and F grades. I updated the calculator to clarify this.

SS
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:37:34 GMT

Hi, I'm going into junior year, and freshman year I did really badly. I got 6 A's, 3 B's, 5 C's, 1 D, and an F in Algebra 1. Sophomore year I got 9 B's and 4 A's, two of those B's from retaking Math 1. Over the summer I took health and history (got a D in it freshman year), and was wondering what my chances are at any colleges in California (not only UC's)? My overall GPA is around 3.0 and I was wondering how much the D and F from freshman year will affect me, as well as the chance of getting in undecided or with a major in history or design?

Roger: I couldn’t really say. I’m not familiar with any college other than UC Berkeley. But good luck!

Weston Way
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 01:45:57 GMT

Hey Roj, both my language credits are from freshman year (9th grade, obviously). Does this null and void my UC applications, as the courses aren't included in the u/w GPA? Also, I applied to UC Merced, UCSB, and UCLA earlier this year, and didn't get into any of them (which was surprising to me, mostly because I expected to get into Merced). Following this, I heard that they automatically reject applicants with D's on their transcript (of which I have one, in a half credit of chemistry, which I retook, and got straight A's in [for a full credit]). Is this rumor true?

Roger: Your freshmen year courses count toward meeting your requirements, but aren’t included in your UC GPA. I haven’t heard of any rumor about rejecting applicants that received a D grade. If you retook your course and earned an A, then it should have replaced your failing grade in your transcript.

Kwame
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:45:47 GMT

Do UCs look at the weighted GPA or the weighted and capped?

Roger: Probably both, along with the rest of your transcript.

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