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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. (:

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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?

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?

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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