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. (:

548 CommentsAdd one

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

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:40:03 GMT

Hi Roger,

I was hoping you would be able to help me if i have 1 As and 6 Bs and my GPA is a 3.14 how would a UC look at my grades and how would they take credit for my grades?.

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 02:51:47 GMT

Do you have a GPA calculator for College Students? If not, would you be willing to create one?

Roger: I used to, but it didn’t get much use, so I shut it down. Don’t some colleges have different GPA scales than others?

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:26:17 GMT

My daughter is a sophomore and planning to take chem 10 at community college over summer. This is not an honors/ advanced course. Will this add an extra point to her GPA?

Roger: I think all community college courses qualify for honors points.

Sat, 22 Feb 2020 20:16:46 GMT

For a OOS, with a yearly grade system, I have taken 6 courses per year, and 4 AP's with all A's. Will my capped UC GPA be only 4.33? Or should I put it as semester and 8 points?

Roger: Either way, the answer should be equivalent. The limit is 8 semester equivalents (so, 4 years).

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:38:16 GMT

Hi Roger

I had done geometry in my 9 th grade summer from outside i was able to transfer the grade and now its in my school transcript as 9th grade it shows 3 semester grade since it was done in summer. wiil UC still count my this grade for UC GPA??


Roger: I’m not sure.

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 03:45:28 GMT

to Mary;

A is 4, B is 3, Honors add 1

Current: [(24*4) + (2*3) + 7.5] / 26 = 4.211 = 4.21

After: [(25*4) + (2*3) + 8] / 27 = 4.222 = 4.22

Thomas Smith
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:19:01 GMT

I am an OOS applicant and many of my elective courses such as intro to particle physics and personal finance management are not on the A-G course list. Also one of my core English courses is not Iist either. Would these courses not be calculated into my UC GPA?

Roger: Those definitely sound like A-G courses, so it’s strange that they’re not on the list. Maybe the list is out of date?

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:55:58 GMT

Yeah I know the Uc gpa calculation is confusing. Some people told me the maximum honors course is 4 and each course has two points which adds up to 8. But not 8 maximum courses which is 16 maximum points.

Roger: Check out the section labeled “Rules for calculating GPA”.

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:22:35 GMT

Hi Roger

Firstly thank you for creating this uc calculator its so helpful. I would like to understand the calculation that it comes up with so please help me out.

I have 24 A's and 2 B's and so far i have 7.5 honor courses and when i plug in this it shows my weighted GPA as 4.21. in summer i am planning to take one more AP semester class. just to know where will i stand if i do that i am plugging 25 A's and 2 B's and 8 honor courses then it shows my weighted gpa is 4.22 how is this possible i would like to know as it only gains .1 increase. please explain the calculation in details.

thanks again :)

Roger: How did you get “7.5 honor courses”? Usually, the number of honors courses should be a whole number. Anyway, your summer course basically counts as a 4.5 (4 for the A, and then 0.5 for the honors credit). Since you’ve already taken 26 courses so far, your next course counts as only 1/27th of your GPA. Since 4.5 − 4.21 is 0.29, you should expect your GPA to increase by 0.29 / 27, which is approximately 0.01.

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:19:20 GMT

Hi Roger,

If my school labels a class as "honors", does that count as an honors class in the UC system? I'm out of state by the way; IL.


Roger: I vaguely remember that only AP and IB courses count as “honors” if you attended high school outside of California. Specifically, it doesn’t count if just the high school calls it an “honors” course.

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 20:14:45 GMT

Hi Roger, are courses taken during 10th Summer and 11th Summer count for GPA calculation for UC? Does these courses have to be taken in Community college? Does Berkely ATDP count?

Roger: I think summer school classes (even if you took them at your high school) do count, as long as they were taken after the 9th grade. Does your high school recognize ATDP classes on your transcript? If so, I suppose you could include them as community college courses.

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 03:33:30 GMT

am i correct?

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 03:30:28 GMT

sorry let me clarify it should 8 maximum honors courses but 16 maximum points

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 01:13:59 GMT

I thik 16 is the maximum honors courses for quarters because I expiremented with it

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 01:07:00 GMT

So what is exactly the maximum number of honors courses for quarters is it 16

Roger: Yep, it’s 16 quarters or 12 trimesters or 8 semesters.

Roger Chen
Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:34:05 GMT

Hello Roger,

Sincerely, Roger "RogerHub" Chen

Roger: Hello

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:28:47 GMT

Hello Roger,

I want to formally thank you for this calculator that help me exponentially. I was dumbfounded when I first saw your magnificent calculator that works wonders for my family and I.

xoxo, My sincere regards, TheLegend27

Ps. Send my regards to Mrs.Hub, xoxo

Roger: Glad to help!

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 03:49:43 GMT

Hello Roger,

I noticed on so UC websites that they do care about the + and - with the grades.

For example, an A- is only a 3.7, not a 4.0 and a B+ is a 3.3, not a 3.0

Can you confirm what you wrote that plus and minus does not matter...?


Roger: It sounds like you’re talking about calculating GPA for UC students. This calculator is for UC applicants (i.e. high school students).

High school student named Jeff
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 03:12:38 GMT

Hello, Roger! Finals are coming up and I'm really stressed. But I just wanted to thank you so much for creating this calculator.

Roger: Glad to help!

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 02:38:04 GMT

Does a summer school grade count as two separate grades to represent semesters or would you only count it as one?
For example you got an A for that summer you count it twice to mimic semesters or would you count it as one A?

Roger: If you only got one grade, then I think it counts once in your GPA.

chicken nugget
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 02:35:33 GMT

Do colleges find GPAs or ACT/SAT scores more important?

a disappointment
Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:40:49 GMT

I’ve gotten two C’s in my sophomore year (one in AP World and one in normal Chemistry) and a two on the AP World exam. In addition to that, I’m taking two AP courses this year and another course at my school and that is weighted, but I don’t know if UC’s will consider it as weighted. If I do miraculously end with all A’s this year (my junior year), good SAT/ACT scores, and good SAT subject test scores, will that increase my chances of getting into UCLA and/or UCB? I’m planning on signing up for five-six more AP classes in my senior year too. If I show an ‘upward trend’, is that okay?

Roger: I’ve also heard the whole “upward trend” story frequently, but I’ve also never actually met a UC Berkeley student who had a C in high school. In any case, I don’t actually know much about college admissions despite having made this webpage. So, your guess is as good as mine. Good luck!

lmao skrreee
Sat, 11 Jan 2020 06:53:55 GMT

roger would a 4.6 weighted and a 4.1 uc capped 3.9 unweighted get me into berkly cs with a 1550 sat

Roger: Sure, that sounds pretty good to me.

Sat, 11 Jan 2020 05:10:00 GMT

If my weighted GPA is 4.9 and unweighted GPA is 4.0 (21 APs all 5s) will my capped GPA which is much lower than my weighted GP hurt my chances at UCB EECS? My SAT is 1580 and subject SATs are MathII 800, Physics 800,Chem 800.

Roger: Everybody’s capped GPA is lower than their uncapped GPA. In any case, your GPA seems pretty good to me.

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:06:14 GMT

Do i have to put my senior grades as well?

Roger: See my reply to “Chris” below.

Wed, 01 Jan 2020 15:20:56 GMT

hey roger,
i just realized that i incorrectly labeled my classes on the uc application - i labeled all of my ap classes as g (college prep classes), and i didn’t see that you could use subject tests for g. basically, a lot of my classes are in the wrong category. either way, my classes will satisfy the a-g requirement, but do you think this will be an issue?

Roger: I have no idea. You could contact the admissions office and ask them to correct the error. I sent them a letter when I changed my AP testing plans at the last minute, and I assume they still accept those kinds of notifications.

Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:57:29 GMT

what was ur gpa that got u into uc berkely?

Roger: I don’t actually remember.

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:24:08 GMT

Nvm. u alrdy answered the question. Sry

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:22:02 GMT

What if you are taking AP courses?

Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:28:27 GMT

would a class like debate be weighted the same as something like math?

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:49:47 GMT


Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:52:40 GMT

Took Ap World my sophomore year, an algebra 2 class at city college the summer after and 2 Ap's and an honor my junior year. Do i put "9" or "5" for my "grades for honor courses"?

Roger: I suppose that’s 9.

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 01:47:53 GMT

hey roger, i have a borderline C+ (77.7%) that I have to bring up to an B-, do you believe in me?

Roger: Of course

high school student
Sun, 08 Dec 2019 20:15:42 GMT

thanks for creating this site!!

Roger: You’re welcome!

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:58:53 GMT

Ive got a 1600 SAT 36 ACT and 5.0 weighted gpa and take all offered ap classes plus all extra circulars offered at my school what are possible college applications for me

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 06:49:48 GMT

Do AP Seminar and AP Research classes count as honor classes?

Roger: Yes, AP classes are categorically included as honors classes, including AP Seminar and AP Research. If you want to double check, you can look up your school’s course list.

Sun, 01 Dec 2019 23:18:21 GMT

Hey thanks for creating this calc! it's been so helpful :)

Roger: You’re welcome!

Ad Fasi
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 11:44:14 GMT

Hi Roger,

How would one go about calculating the UC GPA for IB scoring? My school practices 1-7 grading for all 4 years. Also, since it is IB Diploma, will the final score be in the GPA as well?

Roger: I have no idea. I’ve only ever seen guidance for calculating GPA for letter grades.

Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:41:12 GMT

Would theology classes be considered in the course list?

Roger: I think so?

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:27:12 GMT

Hey roger,

Say I took 6 approved honors courses between 10th and 11th grade, does that mean I have 12 grades in total for the honor courses? Is that what I enter into the chart?

Roger: Sounds right to me.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:57:09 GMT

Also, which GPA will UC schools acknowledge most: the Unweighted or Weighted and Capped GPA?

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

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 13:41:10 GMT

Do UC schools take into account your regular school GPA along with this specialized UC GPA? If so, do they consider both the unweighted and weighted GPAs for your school?

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

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 20:41:26 GMT

Hi Roger,
How much do the senior year grades count for admission to UC or any college?
My daughter’s IB chem teacher left for family emergency after first two weeks of school. The school has only had subs in the position. My daughter is currently failing the class cause there is no one to teach it?? Finding an IB chem tutor is almost impossible! It’s extenuating circumstances and not her fault, she really has a tough time understanding chem.
Thanks for the calculator. My daughter GPA worked out to a 3.96.
Thanks again!!

Roger: (Copied from another question) 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. This is what I remember from applying for college myself, but it’s been a long time, so things may have changed since then.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:50:23 GMT

Hello roger, I am roger.

Roger: Hi

sahiba kaur
Sat, 09 Nov 2019 03:37:55 GMT

hey I wanted to ask what years of high school uc's look at to calculate gpa

Ian Ng
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 03:04:16 GMT

Roger, can I get a shoutout?

Roger: Sure

Roger's secret admirer
Sat, 02 Nov 2019 09:25:06 GMT

Roger, I'm growing increasingly attached to you for making this. Thank you.

Roger: Glad to help!

roger is the GOAT
Sat, 26 Oct 2019 14:21:38 GMT

roger im graduating soon and just wanted to thank you for creating something ive been using for 4 years :) THANK YOU ROGER!!!

Roger: Glad to help!

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 22:40:54 GMT

i hate school

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:35:25 GMT

Hey Roger,
Do you know if UCs look at teachers and other students who have had that teacher before?

Roger: Hmm, I’ve never considered that. I’m not even sure if the name of your instructor shows up on your transcript?

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 08:39:16 GMT

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

Roger: I think IB Higher Level courses are counted as honors courses.

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.

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