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 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. (:

398 CommentsAdd one

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

To: Roger
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:56:02 GMT

Why have you stopped responding to people in the Final Grade Calculator comments.
We miss you Roger :’(

Roger: I’m still here.

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 05:53:12 GMT

I was wondering if the GPAs on the UC website are form all 4 years or just weighted and capped from 10-11 grade?

Roger: I think it varies, depending on which website you’re looking at. For example, if the 75th percentile is higher than 4.3, then it’s probably an uncapped GPA. This FAQ says “UC uses all UC-approved a-g courses a student took between the summer before 10th grade through the summer following 11th grade”.

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:11:29 GMT

ur such a troll its hilarious

John Brett
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:05:58 GMT

If my school does semesters, and I took a total of 13 "A-G" classes between sophomore and junior year, would that be 26 individual grades?

Roger: Sounds right to me.

Victoria Lee
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:30:29 GMT

Hi Roger,

Does P.E. count towards our UC gpa?

Roger: Nope, but visual/performing arts (e.g. music, dance, theater) do.

Please help!
Sun, 02 Dec 2018 03:42:37 GMT

I made some mistakes in my application where I put “H” next to my honors classes but did not register them as honors classes. Instead, I accidentally left it as “NH.” I did this to 5/7 honors classes I took. (I'm stupid for doing this I know) Also, I am taking 2 additional AP courses next semester and did not add that onto my application. How do I adjust this? Does it even matter? Will the UCs be able to figure this out themselves? Will they still calculate it into my GPA? (I'm a CA resident who went to school here) Thank you!

Roger: If you need to make changes to the courses listed on your application, you should send a letter to the “UC Application Center” and describe what needs to be changed. See step 3 of these instructions for details. I did this when I applied to college, and I found the process pretty straightforward.

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:48:17 GMT

im an american citizen living outside the United States and im studying the french baccalaureate. i got honors at my schools but can i put those honors on my UC admisssion?(there's not an AP option in the french bac)

Roger: I have no idea, sorry. I haven’t seen any guidance about international schools, except that AP and IB courses count for honors points.

Sun, 25 Nov 2018 08:42:31 GMT

Is 4.22 enough with a 1400 to get into the UCSC computer science under graduate program
Are the gpa’s listed on the UC website UC gpa’s or just cumulative from all four years??? Thanks Roger

Roger: I’ve never been to UC Santa Cruz, and I don’t know anything about their computer science program. I think that GPAs listed on freshmen profile (for UC schools) usually refer to the capped and weighted GPA, but it probably varies from case to case.

Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:39:14 GMT

Hi Roger, if your school uses both year and semester grades, how can we calculate the GPA from your website

Roger: I suppose you can count each year grade as 2 semester grades. Or did you mean that you get both a year grade and semester grades for the same course?

Maddie Rooney
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:23:36 GMT

Does first semester of Senior grade count in GPA?

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:55:50 GMT

Hello! Does the UC admission officers only consider grades 10-11 or 10-12? I am currently on a gap year applying to colleges.

Roger: I think the UCs will consider all eligible grades on your transcript, which should include your 12th grade courses if you’ve already graduated from high school.

Jason Poopieface
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:53:58 GMT

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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:55:30 GMT

hey roger, how bad is the grade deflation at berk?

Roger: Only people with bad grades complain about grade deflation.

Sun, 04 Nov 2018 07:49:01 GMT

hey roger,
Do all UC schools use capped gpa for admission calculation? I heard some dont cap it at 8 semesters such as UCLA and UCB.

Roger: I’ve heard that admissions are based on your entire transcript, not just your GPA.

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 05:56:32 GMT

Hey roger, I took an online UC Approved course which is Pre Calc H in addition to my highschool courses so i consider that for my GPA right?

Roger: Sounds reasonable to me.

Erica S
Thu, 01 Nov 2018 23:15:26 GMT


I am receiving conflicting information from D. Hasson with Admissions from San Diego State University that a total of TWO honors points from only two semesters (not two years/four semesters); this conflicts with information on your website.

Do all UC and CSU schools calculate the GPA the same way?

I know a maximum of eight honors points can be added; however, I thought two year-long courses (which would equate to four semesters and a total of four points) from 10th grade were allowed.

Roger: Check out this FAQ. My understanding is that there’s a cap of 8 semesters of honors courses, as well as a cap of 4 semesters of honors courses taken in the 10th grade. The calculator mentions both of these points (see point #7). Hope this helps!

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:42:52 GMT

Will Uc system also consider or count the GPA of the non-transferable courses? Some of the courses are nontransferable but I already took, will it affect my GPA?

Roger: I think that non-transferrable courses are counted in the GPA, as long as they fall into one of the a-g categories. Check out the last section of this FAQ.

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:35:33 GMT

What if my GPA is really high (3.9) but my SAT score isn't that good...

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 02:22:58 GMT

Roger, is regular honors courses ex. Honors English 10 is the same amount of credits as AP/IB credits? So basically, do both honors and AP/IB count as 1 point?

Roger: It depends. If you attend a California high school, then you can look up your school and get a list of all the courses that qualify for the extra honors point.

person of interst
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:42:52 GMT

Hi so I have a 3.88 unweighted and 4.21 weighted (UC regulated) I have 21 As and 3 Bs but and my Bs are all in AP/Honors courses and a 31 on my act is that competitive enough for UCSB or UC Berkeley? I have good essays but not sure how much that would help. Thanks!

Roger: Sounds pretty good to me. I actually don’t know anything about college admissions.

Sat, 13 Oct 2018 05:30:04 GMT

Are college courses considered weighted courses? On the application they go under a separate section so I do not know whether to include those here or not.

Roger: If they’re transferrable courses, then yes. Check out this section of the FAQ about calculating the UC GPA.

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 01:45:21 GMT

If I was out of the country 9th and 10th and received % grades what will that look like on my UC/Cal state GPA if I spent 11th and now 12th in a school in California?

Roger: Great question. I have no idea. But I imagine that they’d ask your school for guidance interpreting your transcript. High schools in California provide extensive information about their curriculum and grading system to the UCs, so it’s not a stretch to think that out of state schools might as well.

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 16:42:27 GMT

Do the UC consider weighted and capped GPA in reviewing your application, or just your weighted?

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

tuan tran
Wed, 05 Sep 2018 05:50:51 GMT

Hi Roger:

Your calculator requires putting in Sat reading and Sat writing separately. Which numbers should I use ? For example the new Sat reading score for me is 38 and writing is 36 yielding 740 total. When I input 380 and 360 it said too low. Please advise. Thanks

Roger: That calculator uses the old 2400-point scoring system. There are tables online that can help you translate your score.

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 20:59:37 GMT

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Daniel Avalos
Wed, 22 Aug 2018 19:17:01 GMT

I want to see what colleges I can get into.

Peter M.
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 03:44:48 GMT

What's a competitive gpa for UCLA and UCB?

Roger: I don’t even remember my own GPA.

College Cat
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 04:52:11 GMT

Hey Roger! Word on the street is the new Cal State Apply system had major glitches last application period. (The GPA calc was off, inputting CC courses, etc....) Do you know if they worked out these glitches yet or not in time for the October 1 opening of this year's app period? Does the new app automatically calculate the GPA and report it, or do we still input in manually as we did on the CsuMentor app? Thank you!!!!

Roger: I have no idea, sorry.

Ananya V
Tue, 07 Aug 2018 20:39:55 GMT

As I highschool student, I just took a CC class that is accepted by UC's. I took it in the summer prior to Sophomore Year. Does this mean it is weighted as an honors course for my Sophomore GPA?

Roger: Sounds right to me.

Sandra Rose
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 04:00:43 GMT

Per this site you don't include CC credits in freshman UC gpa.

Roger: I’m not sure what on that site led you to that conclusion. Check out the last paragraph in this FAQ for evidence to the contrary.

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:55:13 GMT

If I took regular Chemistry class in a sophomore year and took honors Chemistry junior year, would that still count as a same class?

Roger: If both classes cover substantially similar content, then I think only the first attempt would count in your GPA.

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 04:22:01 GMT

Do colleges focus more on capped weighted than uncapped weighted gpa?

Roger: Admissions are supposedly based on your whole transcript, not just your GPA.

Bill Joy
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 21:35:31 GMT

Sara, the current valedictorian of her school with the 4.66... GPA:

If your SAT score was higher than 1100, I can guarantee that UCSC will accept you.

It is difficult for me to say that the University of California system is preferable, since state schools all over the United States tend to have a more profitable program in spite of their reputation.

When you improve your SAT score to a mid-1400, I'd highly recommend you apply to Penn State or UPenn.

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:15:18 GMT

My unweighted UC Gpa is 86/22 = 3.9090. Would the UC's round this up to a 3.91 or round it down to a 3.90?

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:54:26 GMT

Do Honors courses count as Honors for extra point or only AP and IB? HS is in California

Roger: If you attended a California high school, you should be able to look up a list of all the courses eligible for honors points.

mad max
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:17:07 GMT

Am I correct to not count gym/PE in the calculation?

Roger: Yep, you should only count “a-g” courses.

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:36:29 GMT

How much more difficult is it for asians to get in to the UCs? Do you think trump encouraging race-neutral admissions is going actually help incoming seniors this year?

Roger: No idea. It’s been a long time since I had to apply for college.

Wed, 27 Jun 2018 02:01:05 GMT

What would be my GPA for UC's if I have 3 honors and 1 AP for 10 and 11 th grade? Also, summer before senior year, I took 3 college courses. I have ACT of 23 and sat of 1090. Is that good to be accepted in UC colleges? Thank you

Roger: Your GPA depends on your grades. What grades did you get?

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 01:06:36 GMT

Hey, Roger!

Do you think it's possible to get a high gpa if I start getting straight A's in my college classes before I transfer to university? I really need to improve my gpa.

Roger: Sure, that sounds like a good plan.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:52:35 GMT

Hey Roger! So i was a little confused on the honors points part. Since my school uses semester grades, and I've taken 6 AP classes, 1 Community college class, and1 uc approved honors class, would I type in 8 (for 8 total classes) into the honors classes box, or 16 (for 16 semesters of honors classes)?

Thanks! (Ur famous in my school btw for your final grade calculator lol)

Roger: Since your school assigns a grade per semester, you should measure everything in terms of semesters. So, 16 is correct.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 04:40:21 GMT

Hi Roger
I just finished my junior year of high school with a total weighted gpa of 4.667 and non weighted 4.0 throughout my high school career. I’ve taken AP and Honors every year of school and am number 1 in my class. My SAT scores were ok but not great (i’m getting a tutor to help me out this summer) I was wondering if it is plausible that I would get in to UC Santa Cruz?. I was planning to double major in Business Admin and Spanish but i’m not sure i’ll get in.

Roger: I have no idea. You’re number one in your graduating class? Congrats!

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:50:11 GMT

So it's impossible to get more than 4.00 on weighted and capped GPA?

Roger: No, that’s certainly possible. The cap refers to the maximum number of honors courses, not the maximum possible GPA.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:20:02 GMT

Summer classes I took between 10th and 11th grade counts as 11th-grade courses?

Roger: That’s my understanding.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:16:22 GMT

What's weighted and capped GPA?

Roger: Check out the part that starts with “The weighted and capped GPA”.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:25:04 GMT

Hi Roger,

My daughter's Weighted GPA is 3.72,Weighted GPA is 4.00 and Weighted & capped is 4.00. She took 7 semesters of honors and AP's in both sophomore and junior year in high school. Is this a good GPA for Undergrad colleges(including UC's) for applying for Engineering in Computer Sciences.

Roger: Sounds pretty good to me. Which UCs does she want to attend? Some of them have higher standards for admission than others.

Hopeful Mom
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:32:58 GMT

This is brilliant. Thank you so much. I can't tell you how many times I've sat down and calculated out my daughter's current, past, 'what-could-be', and 'what if' GPA. This is going to save me so much time in the future. You are now my personal hero. Thanks again! :)

Roger: Glad you found this useful!

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:12:29 GMT

Hi Roger,
Is there a deadline for including UC-approved online classes in the GPA?
I just finished the 11th grade and currently taking two online classes during the summer. Since the UC application deadline is November 30, can I include the classes if I don't finish them until let us say late October? Or do I have to finish them before the school start in late August?

Roger: I don’t know, but I imagine that you can ask whoever runs your online class to send a copy of your transcript to the UCs, in which case it should be available well before the admissions deadline. The UC application will also ask you directly for a list of courses you took and grades you received, so you’ll have an opportunity to present it there.

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