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

  • Only academic (a.k.a. "A-G") courses count toward your GPA. This includes things like history and theater, but not things like gym. If you're a California student, you can look up the list of A-G courses for your school using
  • 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 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 this page.
  • 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.

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. (:

498 CommentsAdd one

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

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 08:39:16 GMT

Do you know how the UC system looks at International Baccalaureate courses? are they considered "honor"?

ndjusdu hsdufh
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 04:51:19 GMT

When UCLA shows the fully weighted GPA on their website are there non A-G courses on there or are there only A-G for the fully weighted not UC GPA?


Roger: I have no idea, but I’d guess it’s only A-G.

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:09:23 GMT


appreciative fan
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 22:38:52 GMT

thank you for this, you have saved me a lot of trouble and stress haha

Roger: Glad to help!

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:11:03 GMT

Also my unweighted GPA is 4.0.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 21:57:35 GMT

Hi Roger,

My weighted capped UC GPA is 4.33 and my SAT is 1380 (96th National Percentile). Which UC schools I can target?

Thank you.

Roger: I don’t actually know anything about UC admissions, other than having applied once myself. Sorry!

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 04:11:35 GMT

Hey Roger, Do I count each semester separately and then average out my GPA over 4 semesters or do I put my grades in all at once and then calculate my GPA?

Roger: I think you may have repeated yourself? I replied to your question below.

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:39:25 GMT

Hi Roger,

Do i caculate my gpa by putting all my courses from the last 4 semesters at once, or do I calculate semster by semester.
3 A
2 B
5 Honors levels


6 A
1 4B
6 Honors levels

Roger: It depends on whether you want to calculate your overall GPA or your semester GPA.

Concerned Students
Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:36:02 GMT

Hi Roger,

I have courses that are in the A-G category, but are 5.0 credits instead of 10 like my other classes. How do I calculate those?

Roger: I don’t think the UC GPA cares about credit values assigned by your high school.

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:12:44 GMT

Hey Roger,
For 10th grade I went to a one term based school where all my grades are worth 10 units. Now I go to a semester based school where each grade is worth 5 points but I would have 2 grades for each course. How would my GPA be calculated?
Thank you!

Roger: I suppose you could just count each of your 1-term grades twice, right?

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:33:46 GMT

My son took AP seminar and AP world history towards the Capstone in 10th grade our of state.
He was planning to continue with Capstone but we ended up moving to CA right at the beginning of junior year. The school he started at didn’t have any AP courses at at. He started at another new school senior year and was only able to get into one AP class (Capstone not offered), but again it’s his senior year. I know he will list his “in process” classes but he will only have 4 honors credits for 10th 11th. Can you explain how admissions will view his lack of honors? Or even more specifically having them for 10th but not 11th. I realize that not everyone takes AP but obviously most kids take a lot, often more that can even be counted as honors.

Roger: I don’t actually know much about the admissions process. I think the fact that there were no AP courses available to take is supposedly taken into consideration, because admissions knows which school(s) you attended. On the other hand, I think many UC applicants have AP courses available to them. So, I’m not convinced that admissions just accepts course unavailability as an excuse.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 00:42:15 GMT

So if I took 2 semesters of a non a-g course, my junior year, it doesnt count for my UC GPA? Could someone calculate my gpa:

15 A’s
6 B’s
1 C
8 honors courses
and 2 more A’s but it is non a-g.

Roger: Yep, the UC GPA only counts “a-g” courses.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 23:45:06 GMT

Do you know how pass/fail grades come into play? Are they just not considered in the Weighted GPA?

Roger: I think pass/fail grades are not counted in the UC GPA.

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 04:33:17 GMT

Hi Roger,

My son took 8 weighted courses in high school , 4 transferable CC courses. All "A" My question :Weighted GPA will be capped in UC? Only 4 weighted courses will be calculated? What about private colleges?

Roger: The “weighted and capped” GPA used by UC schools counts a maximum of 8 semesters of honors points (so, 4 year-long courses). I don’t know anything about other schools.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:39:42 GMT


Fri, 30 Aug 2019 22:39:36 GMT


Just to clarify, the community college courses were extra, not needed to fulfill any A-G requirement. Thanks

Roger: Got it. Thanks for clarifying!

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 22:31:08 GMT

Is there a cap on community college points? I have under 8 semesters of Honors/AP high school classes but an additional 6 community college classes, so I am trying to understand how to figure out my gpa. Thanks

Roger: There’s no cap that I’m aware of.

Bella Duncan
Mon, 26 Aug 2019 23:34:29 GMT

Help! I have had 3 people try to calculate the following GPA (we are in Colorado). All have come up with different calculations. What is this GPA? And since this is out of state for CA schools, is there anything missing that is required A-G?

Grade 10 Term 1
*Pre-IB BIO 1 WT B
*Pre-IB LA 10 WT B

Grade 10 Term 2
*Pre-IB BIO 1 WT B
*Pre-IB LA 10 WT C

Grade 11 Term 1

Grade 11 Term 2

Roger: I suppose the discrepancies are probably about which courses do and don’t count toward the GPA. It sounds like all of your electives do, but you’d have to look them up to be sure. Also, I don’t remember the A-G requirements, but at a glance, I don’t see anything missing. Typical high school coursework usually fulfills the requirements with no problem.

Lil Tecca
Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:22:21 GMT

Hey Roger do you have any tips on how to get better grades I am trying to get a good GPA

Roger: If your grade is split into categories, it’s usually most effective to focus on whichever category you have the lowest average in.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 00:01:48 GMT

Hello Roger,

My unweighted GPA is a 3.5, and my weighted GPA is a 4.05. My weighted and capped GPA is a 3.86, and my SAT score is a 1490. What would you say my chances of getting into San Diego or Irvine are?

Roger: I have no idea, but you sound like a pretty good candidate to me.

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:10:48 GMT

Hi roger,
Does A- count as an A.

Roger: It does in this context (see the 2nd point in the rules).

Shaan Patel
Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:24:32 GMT

Do UC schools consider your weighted GPA or weighted and capped GPA for freshman admission? Or do they take into account both?

Roger: I think admissions are based on your entire transcript, not your GPA.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:57:18 GMT

Hi Roger,
So I took a fine arts course in my freshman year and then nothing after that. Would I include that course in my GPA calculation because it was my only "F" category class, or do I not include it because it was taken in my freshman year?

Roger: If you took it during your freshman year, it doesn’t count toward your UC GPA, even if it does satisfy one of your A-G requirements.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:52:09 GMT

My fully weighted gpa is a 4.54 and unweighted is 3.92. My SAT score is only 1380. How are my chances for UCLA?

Roger: I’m not sure. I don’t know anything about UCLA. But good luck!

Isabelle Andres
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:26:39 GMT

Never mind. I got it!

Isabelle Andres
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 05:25:50 GMT

Hi Roger. Do I put in all my grades first and then count up how many of them were honors? Don't I have to designate which grades were honors?

Roger: That’s right. It doesn’t matter which ones were honors courses, as long as you score a C or better in them.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:06:41 GMT

Hi Roger. Just to clarify, does a course taken over two semesters count as two separate grades. For example, I take the same honors class for two consecutive semesters and receive an A both times, so this would count as TWO honors grades right?

Roger: Yep, exactly.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 15:28:27 GMT

Hi Roger, is this calculator only for the a-g courses?

Also, I have a class that is a research class where we pretty much just do a research project to submit it at our state science fair, and at our school it is considered a science elective with lab. Would this be an extra course for UCs? Because I can't figure out where it would fit in a category for science.


Roger: Good question! Yes, only A-G courses should count toward the GPA (I went ahead and added this to the calculator), and that definitely sounds like an A-G course. You can get a more definite answer using

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 08:22:49 GMT

Hi Roger. Thanks for the tool! I have 3.83 Unweighted and 4.5 Weighted&Cap GPA, a 1490 SAT and a bunch of international level extracurriculars. Would that make me somewhat competitive for UCLA and UC Berkerly?

Roger: I have no idea, but good luck!

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 06:49:31 GMT

Hi Roger. I have a weighted gpa of 3.90 and unweighted of 3.36. But, I have my extracurriculars and sat (1500) to back me up. Is it possible to get into boston university?

Roger: I don’t know anything about Boston University, but good luck!

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 01:02:52 GMT

Hi, I am going to be a senior next year and I planned on taking 4 AP classes and 2 regular (non-weighted) classes. Last year, I had a weighted gpa of 4.760, I’m ahead by 20 units, and I’ve kept straight A’s throughout my high school career. However, I'm concerned that by taking non-honors and non-AP courses this in turn actually lowers my weighted GPA. Is this true?
So, would it benefit me next year if I dropped my two regular classes and just kept my four AP classes?
Does it look better to have four AP classes with a higher weighted GPA in comparison to four AP classes and two regular classes with a lower weighted GPA? I don’t need the extra units and I'd like your opinion on which would look better to UC’s/Cal states. Thank you for your help and any information you can provide.

Roger: Yep, it’s true. Nope, dropping classes won’t benefit you. Check out my answers to similar questions below.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 01:11:17 GMT

Hi Roger,

Doesn't it seem weird my weighted/capped gpa goes down if i add more A's? i went from 12 As, 2 Bs and 8 honors to 18 As, 2 Bs, and 8 honors. Since it goes down even though I maintain straight As, will UC Berkeley view this negatively?

Roger: Check out my response to “brandy” below.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 17:59:21 GMT

Good morning, Roger!
Calculating my daughters CSU GPA and find it so counterintuitive that they cap the weighted actually punishes the child who took more A-G classes and got more A's...right? or am I confused? The more A's I add in and divide by, the lower her capped GPA gets due to the 8 staying constant in the equation. There must be an ideal number of courses to max out the index if your child is a straight A student. Please tell me if I'm totally wrong, or on to something...thanks!

Roger: Yep, you’re right. It’s just an unavoidable quirk in the way the capped GPA is defined. The ideal number of courses is 8 semesters, which is far less than any student actually takes. I think the purpose of the cap is not to punish students that take more classes, but to reduce variation between students at the upper limits. Admissions are supposedly based on a student’s entire transcript, and the GPA only represents a statistical summary of that. Does that make sense?

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 08:28:30 GMT

Are community college classes taken by high school students automatically receive the honors point, or are these classes included in the ‘maximum’ number of honors points a student can be awarded for a year?

For example,

if a 11th grade student took 4 year long a-g honors classes in a semester system school, which would ‘cap’ them out, and the student also took 2 community college classes, would the student get honors points for the cc classes, or not because the student has ‘capped’ out?

Thank you for your help!

Roger: I think community college courses are included in the cap, because I haven’t seen any guidance to the contrary.

Worried Student
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 21:49:15 GMT

Hey Roger,

How would the UCs (specifically UCB or UCLA) view a D both semesters in AP calc BC? I received a 4 on the AP exam associated with that class, if that counts as any consolation. Those are the only Ds on my transcript.

Roger: I’m not sure, but I’ve never heard of anybody getting into UC Berkeley or UCLA that had a D on their high school transcript.

Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:25:55 GMT

If you take a course at community college senior year (but end the class before application) does that count?

Roger: I suppose so.

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 20:16:06 GMT

Hey Roger,
do UC and Cal state schools always weight your gpa when considering for eligibility?

Roger: My understanding is that admissions evaluates your transcript holistically and that the GPA is only used as a statistic.

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 02:45:10 GMT

is a 3.71 weighted capped gpa way to low to get into any UC as a chicano studies major...student also took three chicanos studies classes that are uc tranferable at a community college( 9 semester units with gpa of an 4 ) Or don't waste my money they wont even read my appplication?

Roger: A 3.71 sounds pretty good to me.

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:35:46 GMT

Hi Roger,
I know you said it may work a little differently for community college/university courses...since community colleges usually run on quarter systems how would that work towards honors points?...each semester is 1 point; I would assume a quarter is 0.5, but UC's official website makes it seem as if ANY community college class regardless of the time period (quarter, trimester, semester) is worth 1 point. "One college course = one grade = one honors point." ,,,,,,,,,so yaaa im just a little confused about what "course" exactly is,, for example students at a community college don't take biology for 4 quarters then count it as 1 "course" .... they take 1 quarter and boom, done... ;-;

Roger: Yep, I think that website’s interpretation is correct. The distinction between quarters and semesters only matters for high school courses. If you take community college courses while you’re in high school, you should count those as 1 course per grade.

Sun, 07 Jul 2019 20:14:42 GMT

Hi, So I read on the UC Page that a Community college class that’s transferable equates to a 1 year worth of the course in A through G so, does it mean it counts as two semesters since all my other test long courses are split into 2 semesters

Roger: So, I think the rules for community college courses might be different depending on whether you’re trying to calculate your high school UC GPA (this calculator) or whether you’re trying to get transfer credit (to satisfy course requirements or to contribute to your total number of units). In the former case, I think the course counts for as many quarters/semesters as the number of letter grades you received for the course, although I haven’t found very clear guidance around this case.

Bill Stevens
Wed, 26 Jun 2019 21:48:42 GMT

Hi Roger, I was looking to apply to Cal and would like to know if the major matters for acceptance in L

Roger: When I applied, L&S applicants weren’t even allowed to pick a major on the application. Everyone just declared their major after starting school.

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 04:57:32 GMT

are courses weighted differently when calculating the UC GPA?

like if i took a course that's 0.5 credits and another that's 5 credits and received As in both are they weighted differently.

Roger: This calculator is for UC applicants, not current students. I think all courses are weighted equally.

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 16:57:52 GMT

Hi Roger,

Does JROTC count towards GPA? Do I have to
take it out when I calculate GPA?


Roger: I have no idea. Sorry.

johny boy
Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:05:16 GMT

does the csu system use the same gpa?

Roger: I think so.

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 21:20:37 GMT

I have a weighted GPA of 4.13 and 1530 on SAT? What are my chance of get admitted to comp sciences in any UC like UCSB, UC Irvine or UCLA

Roger: Pretty good, I think.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:02:05 GMT

Hi Roger,
Does a community college course count as an honors class? Mine's Statistics, and I'll be taking the AP exam for that next spring.

Roger: Transferrable community college courses count as honors courses. Check out the FAQ below the calculator!

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:23:27 GMT

For a high school on the trimester schedule do they get 8 opportunities for an extra AP point or is it 12? These students take 5 classes per trimester x 6 trimesters total including both 10th and 11th grade (30 classes total). If there are 12 opportunities for an extra point then the maximum weighted UC GPA is 4.40. I’ve seen references to the maximum weighted UC GPA being 4.30. Just wanted to check because our AP classes are 3 trimesters long compared to other classes being 2 trimesters long.

Roger: I think the 8 semester cap is equivalent to a 12 trimester cap for schools that use trimesters.

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:55:27 GMT

My daughter took 2 years of theatre. Do both years count in the UC GPA, or only one?

Roger: I think both years count.

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:05:58 GMT

Hi Roger,
I just finished the junior year. My Weighted GPA is 4.50 and my unweighted GPA is 4. I spent my 9th and 10th grade in another country. There were no AP courses provided in that country but I got all As. I only took the SAT once and I got 1350. Do you think there would be a chance for me to get into UCLA?

Roger: I have no idea, sorry. But you sound like a pretty good candidate to me! I think lots of students don’t take any AP courses in their 9th and 10th grades, regardless of whether they’re offered.

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 03:40:17 GMT

Hey so I have a 0 period in which I take jazz band where I get an A. Since I have gotten As in all my classes and have taken honors/ap classes. Wouldn’t me being in jazz band hurt my UC gpa as there would be a less ap class to normal class ratio bringing it down close to a gpa of 4 than a 5?


Roger: Yep. It’s an unfortunate phenomenon, and it’s meant to be addressed by the 8-semester cap on honors points.

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:07:28 GMT


how do UC's calculate gpa when you have to remediate/repeat a class where you received a D grade in 10th or 11th grade if you took the class again in the summer for grade remediation and credit recovery for college? the UC website says that D is given 1 point for GPA but they do not accept D?F grades, so which grades do they use and how many semesters do they use?

thank you

Roger: See this page for more information about repeating courses. Essentially, D and F grades do not satisfy subject requirements and are ineligible for honors points, but they do count toward the GPA, unless you repeat the course, in which case your failing grade is replaced. I assume that repeating the course requires an equivalent number of semesters as the original course?

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:59:07 GMT

Hey Roger! I'm a student from Florida. Are the college credit classes considered as UC approved honors courses?(for out of state students)

Roger: I think any transferrable college credit counts.

Sat, 08 Jun 2019 01:58:20 GMT

Also, is a 4.07 UC GPA, 4.19 Weighted GPA Uncapped based on my schools scale, and 3.81 Unweighted good for schools like Berkley, Davis, Santa Diego, and irvine?

Roger: Sure, sounds pretty good to me.

Sat, 08 Jun 2019 01:44:44 GMT

Hey Roger,

I took a class in my school sophmore year called Trig/Precalc which is essentially the equivilent of honors precalc in other schools here in the state of california in terms of both rigor and content. My school refuses to weigh the class. Should I still count it as weighted on my uc application.

Thank You,

Roger: You get to choose? That’s surprising. I feel like a single course doesn’t make much of a difference either way, so it’s best to do whatever you feel comfortable justifying/defending.

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 08:13:54 GMT

Is UC cap GPA also count the non academic GPA?

Roger: The UC GPA counts only “A-G” courses, which includes things like Theater, but not things like P.E.

Doo wife
Fri, 07 Jun 2019 04:41:51 GMT

Hi Roger,
My daughter's SAT score is 1380 and her UC capped GPA is 4.0. Does she have a good chance for UCR (business major or Statistics major)?

Roger: I have no idea. Sorry!

Wed, 05 Jun 2019 20:40:26 GMT

Hello Roger!

What is a capped GPA? Thank you.

Roger: It accounts for the 8 semester cap for honors courses (check out this FAQ about the UC GPA).

Wed, 05 Jun 2019 20:33:54 GMT

I have 3.29 (u.w gpa), 3.5 (w.gpa)
Sat 1420,I am looking to apply for UC s will I get a spot in UC Riverside?

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 04:42:20 GMT

If I took classes at local community college and that counted as 3 units, do they count them as a semester course?

Roger: If you received a single grade for the class, then I think it counts as a single semester.

Yankee doodle doo
Mon, 03 Jun 2019 22:45:20 GMT

How can I calculate my UC GPA when I have two different school systems in my 10th and 11th grade? In 10th grade my school went by semesters but in my new school in 11th grade it went by quarters :/

Roger: I suppose you could count each of your semester grades twice and then pick “quarters” here.

Bill Joy
Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:44:37 GMT

Hi again. It is distinguishable actually, it saids in the transcript I took Pre-Calculus in Laurel Springs, but my high school count them as honors. I don't know which one UC will look them as.

Roger: I’d imagine the data model would be set up in such a way to require that all courses on a transcript are associated with the same school, but this is just speculation.

Bill Joy
Fri, 31 May 2019 17:44:28 GMT

I took summer class online from Laurel Springs (Honors Pre-Calculus). My school in UC doorways count that as an "honors" class, but when I look at the UC doorways for Laurel Springs it doesn't count them as honors. My question is since I got credits for my high school and it's showing in my high school transcript, do they count them as I took it in my school and count them as honors or do they still count them as I took it from Laurel Springs? I hope my question made sense.

Roger: Interesting question. I don’t know, but it sounds like your transcript makes it look like you took Honors Pre-Calculus at your own high school, right? If it’s indistinguishable, then I suppose your own high school’s honors list will be used.

tu madre
Tue, 28 May 2019 12:30:20 GMT

see everyone next finals season! i'm outa here boys

Wed, 22 May 2019 13:51:26 GMT

Well, I guess now I know why I got in. Haha. Thanks!

God Himself
Mon, 20 May 2019 14:13:15 GMT

Roger my son
you have earn a place in paradise
for creating this website to help your
fellow brothers

Bill Joy
Wed, 08 May 2019 03:27:55 GMT

I took a class in community college and received 5 units. Is that count as a semester?

Roger: I think 5 units usually counts as 2 high school semesters.

Bill Joy
Tue, 07 May 2019 14:11:52 GMT

If I took a class at community college August-December, does that count as a one semester?

Roger: I think it depends on whether you received one or two grades for the course. Also, the community college course transfer list should tell you how many units a particular course is worth, if your school is on the list.

Anxious McNervous
Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:24:52 GMT

is a 3.96 unweighted, 4.71 weighted, and a 4.29 weighted and capped UC gpa competitive for Davis, San Diego, Irvine, and Santa Barbara? How about Berkeley and LA?

Roger: Sounds pretty good to me.

Sun, 28 Apr 2019 21:21:16 GMT

Hello, thanks for the calculator, but I don't understand why the GPA is capped out at 4.29 after 28 semesters worth of classes. This is not considered a high GPA when applying to Berkeley, yet the highest GPA you can get in 2 years (sophomore and junior) is a 4.29, according to this calculator.

Roger: I think the answer boils down to two parts. Why is the GPA capped at 8 semesters of honors points? It reduces the variance at the higher end of the distribution, which makes statistics more well behaved. Why does a 4.29 seem low? You might be looking at uncapped weighted GPAs. This calculator will calculate both uncapped and capped GPAs.

Sun, 28 Apr 2019 17:05:54 GMT

Hi Roger,

Can I calculate my gpa here using college classes? I'm not enrolled in high school i'm in community college

Roger: I guess it really depends on how your particular college decides to calculate GPAs. For example, most colleges in the United States award partial points for plus and minus grades, but this calculator does not.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 06:25:32 GMT

Hey Roger,
Here you say that we only count grades after freshmen year. It says on multiple sources that you also exclude your grades from 1st-semester senior year. Is this true?

Roger: In practice, you’ll submit your application before the end of the first semester of your senior year. So, your application won’t contain any of your senior year grades. You do have the option of submitting a mid-year report to the UC’s, which would contain your first semester senior year grades. But this is optional and most students don’t submit it. However, it’s unclear whether the data I used to construct the models in this calculator include senior year grades or not. Before you actually enroll, the UCs will ask you for a copy of your final transcript. So naturally, they’d have all your grades available if they indeed intended to include them in their published GPA statistics.

Tom Tang
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:12:38 GMT

Hi, I'm an out-of-state student. If my school can't be found on the website, does the IB course offered in my school still count as honor course.

Roger: Yes, I think so.

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:13:48 GMT

How does GPA will calculated for international Residental student ? As i am an indian

Roger: I have no idea. Can you explain how your transcript is structured?

Fri, 29 Mar 2019 17:27:31 GMT

I have taken all pre-ap classes and I have received all B+ on all of them so is that good.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:52:29 GMT

Can you pls tell me how to calculate if year 10 was semester but then 11 changed to a one year grading system in my school. Meaning; 2 grades for each subject in yr 10, and only 1 for yr 11. How can I calculate UC GPA? Thanks

Roger: I suppose you could just count each of your year 11 grades twice. The UCs don’t provide much guidance for exceptional cases like this.

Hopeful Boi
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 21:49:29 GMT

Is a 4.08 UC GPA good or bad coupled with a 3.76 unweighted?

Roger: Sounds pretty good to me.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:11:41 GMT

Some kids at my school have a 5.2 weighted gpa. Is that even possible and he is only taking all pre-ap

Roger: That doesn’t seem right.

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:16:14 GMT

What if you have a 3.5 unweighted gpa and a 4.5 weighted gpa. Do you think that is a good gpa.

Roger: Sounds pretty good to me.

johnny sanders
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 04:30:32 GMT

Do you know anything about the average GPA for accepted students at UCLA or Berkeley?

Roger: No idea, but you can look up freshman profiles for each of the UC schools.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 04:06:08 GMT

Hi Roger,

First, I just wanted to thank you so much for this UC GPA calculator. I was wondering what the capped GPA means.

Roger: The capped GPA refers to the 8 semester limit on honors classes, as documented in this FAQ.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 07:29:44 GMT

Hi Roger,

Is the calculation different for international students like me (Canadian)? And do percentages not matter?

Roger: I don’t really know how the UC GPA is calculated for international students, and I haven’t really found any good guidance from the UCs about it. I’d guess that if your transcript has letter grades, then this calculator should work the same.

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 03:02:53 GMT

Do A- and A+ alter your GPA? or are they all counted as A’s....

Roger: For the UC GPA, pluses and minuses don’t matter.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 04:15:16 GMT

thanks for the calc! however, seems like it needs an update for factoring in the sat scores, since the new sat splits the scores across math and litt, and separate scores for reading and writing are not available?

also, does this factor in any difference in the requirements across various majors? e.g., would the criteria for some engineering branch be more stringent than say, in some other lot less sought-after branch?

Roger: Yep, the calculator was created for the 2400 point SAT scoring system, and it hasn’t been updated for a while. As for your question about the majors, I identified, for each school, the majors that had a substantially higher or lower acceptance rate when compared to the school as a whole. If you pick one of those majors (for your choice of school), then the calculator will apply a small increase or decrease to your final result. It’s not very scientific, all things considered.

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:15:03 GMT

You said it is impossible to achieve a 4.3 or higher capped gpa for UCs... I have a 4.31 as a junior.

Roger: Good point! I should have clarified that I meant your UC GPA upon applying to college. If you get straight A’s, then your capped GPA basically depends on how many total classes you’ve taken. Each additional class brings your GPA down a little.

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:40:03 GMT

Hey, this calculator, as well as all the other ones you've made, have really brought me ease when I stress about what I need to obtain to keep my average. Thank you for your service!

Roger: Glad to help!

Lil Uzi
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:25:31 GMT

Hey Roger,
I have a 109% in American History and I had a 106% in Geometry is that normal to have a 109% or 106%?

Roger: Great job!

Khalil Mack
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:26:05 GMT

Hey Roger,
I am currently a sophomore in high school I have a 3.5 GPA in the second semester any tips on how I can raise my GPA my goal is too have a 3.7 or 3.8 GPA any tips on how I can increase my GPA

Roger: That’ll be tough. You basically need to get almost straight A’s for the rest of your time in high school. Good luck!

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:24:19 GMT

If I took two years of orchestra, one in 10th grade and one in 11th grade, do the grades for all four semester count toward the GPA? Or just two semesters since the requirement for arts is only one year?

Roger: I think all four semesters count.

Billy Billy
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:49:58 GMT

Hey Roger,
I've read that UC's tend to not look at your freshman GPA. Is this true? Should I consider my freshman courses to calculate my GPA here?

Roger: Freshman grades are supposedly excluded from your UC GPA. That’s all I know.

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 01:06:30 GMT

Hi Roger
Is it a 4.4 gpa better than a 4.33?

Roger: Sounds reasonable.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:56:29 GMT

Taking is less rigorous courseload of 5 a-g classes per year would yield a 4.4 capped weighted UC gpa but isn’t this be viewed as less favorable than 4.33 consisting of 6a-g classes per year?

Roger: Yep, you’re right. My understanding is that the GPA is only used for post-hoc statistics. Admissions should be based holistically on your entire transcript.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:47:18 GMT

Sorry ,
I mistyped, my question is what is the highest capped. Weighted Uc gpa? How is a 4.4 weighted capped possible?

Roger: I’m fairly certain 4.4 refers to the weighted uncapped GPA. It’s nearly impossible to get much higher than a 4.3 weighted capped GPA with a normal high school courseload.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:38:51 GMT

Hi Roger,
What is the highest weighted capped Uc gpa? I took 6 a-g courses in 10th and 11th grades and max of 8semesters of AP courses, with all As my weighted Uc gpa is 4.33 but I see the 75% listed for UCB is at 4.4

Roger: Good question! You might guess that 5.0 is the highest weighted and capped GPA. But you could only achieve that by taking fewer than 8 semesters of total courses, and that doesn’t satisfy the minimum A-G course requirements for admission to UCs. Another approach would be to exploit the fact that the UC GPA ignores freshman year grades. But you can’t just take 15 courses freshman year and 1 course sophomore and junior year, because the UCs require minimum numbers of years per A-G subject. But you can actually satisfy all of these requirements by taking standardized exams instead of classes (except for the Geometry requirement and the 4th year of English). So, I suppose the answer really is 5.0, but you’d need to self-study for a bunch of SAT and AP tests and take almost no classes to get there. I don’t really think this is a useful question.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:15:36 GMT

Just to be clear, UC do not use plus or minus in the GPA calculation? So a B+ is 3.0 NOT 3.3? Since when did this happen? I remember many moons ago when I applied to UC plus and minus counted or perhaps I am totally wrong?

Roger: My understanding is that pluses and minuses do not count for high school courses (see this FAQ). But once you enroll in a UC school, then a B+ in any of your college courses will be worth 3.3 points.

Spread the joy
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:36:12 GMT

Thanks Roger!

Roger: You’re welcome!

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 09:18:11 GMT

Hey are English two honors and English three honors weighted courses for UCSD?

Roger: If you attended a California high school, you can look up which courses are weighted on the UCOP website.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 08:35:27 GMT

Is this UC GPA calculator still accurate for 2018-2019 standards for admissions?

Roger: I think so.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 07:09:08 GMT

Hey Roger,

On the UC Davis webpage, I saw that the 25-75th percentiles for GPA are 4.0-4.31. I was wondering if you knew if these numbers are the capped weighted or just normal weighted. My capped weighted is just below the 25th percentile, but my normal weighted is well above the 75th percentile. I’ve had a lot of stress over it, I’d love some help.

Roger: Those sound like uncapped weighted GPAs, but I also can’t find which webpage you saw those numbers on.

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