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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. (:

327 CommentsAdd one

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Anonymous
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:36:16 GMT

thank you for the calculator!^_^

Jakew
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:00:16 GMT

I retook a class that i got a C in and i got a B should i count the B

Roger: This FAQ says no. See “How does UC calculate the GPA with repeated courses?”.

K
Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:54:05 GMT

Do UC schools count honors classes (Not AP or IB) for out of state students?

Roger: My impression was that only AP and IB courses counted for honors points for out of state students. I imagine that it’s because the UCs don’t have high school profiles for every non-Californian school.

Gregory
Tue, 27 Mar 2018 22:21:42 GMT

I got waitlisted for UCI. What now?

Sam
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:44:03 GMT

Would theology classes count towards my uc gpa?

Roger: I don’t see why not. If you go to a California high school, you can try looking up your school on the A-G Course List website.

Laura
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:53:08 GMT

I live outside of California so only my AP classes get the honors GPA bump. Between 10th and 11th grade, I've taken 8 AP classes (16 semesters.)

Since the UC caps the number of honors courses counted in the GPA to 8 semesters (with a max of 4 for 10th grade) can I choose which of my AP classes are counted as honors? In other words, can I count only 2 AP semesters 10th grade and 6 AP semesters 11th grade?

How does the UC choose which classes get counted for the "honors grade bumb?"

Roger: What difference would it make? The GPA is a linear function of your grades, after all.

Dylan
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:30:46 GMT

Can I get into irvine with a 1400 SAT and a 3.75 weighted

Roger: No idea. I went to UC Irvine once in high school to volunteer at a charity walk. I don’t know anything about UC Irvine except what the trash cans look like.

Bob
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:23:10 GMT

I have been wait listed at UCSD, do you know what are the chances of me getting into it based on historical data ?

Roger: In my experience, waitlisted students usually don’t get in. I don’t have any specific numbers for UCSD though.

Bill Joy
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:47:24 GMT

Do UC's know that some schools have severe grade inflation? How do they differentiate between students of the schools that have grade inflation?

Roger: I think the UCs keep grade distributions for high schools (mostly in California, but probably some out of state schools as well). Even if applicants’s GPAs are similar, there’s always standardized tests and your personal statement.

Justin Bean
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:44:18 GMT

Is the minimum requirement of 3.4 (for out of state students) for weighted or unweighted GPA’s

Roger: This FAQ suggests that the 3.4 GPA requirement refers to the weighted and capped UC GPA.

Justin Bean
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:59:31 GMT

Do the UC schools look at my weighted UC GPA or unweighted?

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

De’Andre Westing
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:55:15 GMT

Can I get into UCLA or UC Berkeley with a 3.71 Weighted UC GPA and a 33 on the ACT?

Roger: Maybe?

K
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:26:35 GMT

Are my chances any better of getting into a UC school if I take a summer UC class as opposed to a class at community college?

Roger: I don’t think it makes a big difference.

Chris
Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:46:03 GMT

Hey Roger

Just wondering, is a 4.08GPA competitive for UC Berkeley? If not how can I make it competitive?

Roger: Sounds pretty good to me.

Satish
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:03:59 GMT

For an IB Student with
Pycho HL 7
Bio HL 6
Chem HL 5
Maths SL 6
English SL 6
Hindi SL 6

What would be UCal GPA?
Thanks for your help!

Roger: I’m not sure how the UC GPA is calculated for international students, sorry. Do you have a transcript with letter grades?

Issac Nguyen
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:06:28 GMT

Hey Roger, do you happen to know when students receive notifications of Regents Scholarships from UCLA and UCSD for 2018? Berkeley Regents was just notified last week but haven't heard from UCLA or UCSD.

Roger: No idea, sorry.

Anonymous
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:41:48 GMT

wait so minus plus don't count...interesting. i got all a's and one b+ in an ap class. that puts me under someone who got all a'-s in the same classes

AJ
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:39:22 GMT

Hey!

Do the 8 max weighted semesters apply to UC-transferable approved coarse taken in the summer?

Roger: Yep, I think so.

need help
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:51:23 GMT

Hi Roger. Do you know if our grades during senior year will count towards our official UC gpa??!?!?!

Roger: Check out my response to “Cori Madison” below.

KVINOD
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 04:24:27 GMT

There isn't an option fro APs?

Roger: AP courses count as honors courses.

Cyan
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 03:48:48 GMT

If your overall grade is over 50% and you recieved your exam and you got 46% is that considered a pass?

Cyan
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 03:42:45 GMT

If your overall grade is 55% and you get your exam back and you got a 46% is tha considered a pass?

Roger: I suppose that’s up to your instructor.

Hello
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:57:12 GMT

I am taking 2 AP courses and 2 honors courses (One is a college course offered through my highschool). I received all A’s this semester. How many advanced classes shouldn’t I take judo or year to try to becompetitive for UCLA? I am out of state

Alan Tram
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:51:30 GMT

Hi roger, I have a 4.17 UC Gpa but a low 1170 on the new SAT. I'm looking to get into UCSD or UC Irvine and I was wondering what are my chances of getting into these colleges. I've tried to better my chances with an abundance of extracurricular activities and I have a low economic background. My counselors have also praised my personal insight essays for being very good reads. How much of a factor will these play in helping my chances into these colleges and what are my chances regardless of these factors?

Roger: I think you’re asking the wrong person. I don’t actually know anything about college admissions. Anyway, good luck!

Sarah
Sun, 07 Jan 2018 12:16:26 GMT

I noticed when planning classes that because the UC GPA is capped, if you take more AP/Honors classes your capped GPA will actually go down (while your unweighted uncapped will go up). UC definitely wouldn't discourage you from taking rigorous classes, so would this small loss of GPA matter to them?

Roger: My understanding is that admissions is based on your entire transcript, whereas your GPA is only a statistic. The intent of cap is to reduce variance between students that take large numbers of honors courses, not to punish students that take additional courses.

heyhey
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:15:57 GMT

hey roger,
i had a 89.78 i think in math but it was a A- and now we just had finals and i got a 83.98%, so now my grade is a 89.14 my goal is to try to get at LEAST a A-. Now i noticed i got a F on a test which is low score dropped. If she drops that score will it be a A-? Tests count as 40% of our grade.
thx-

Roger: The answer depends on (1) how many tests you’ve taken so far and (2) what you scored on all your other tests. Try out the calculator mode labeled “I need something else”. It should be able to answer your question.

Paul Jackson
Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:42:24 GMT

I currently have a 3.34 unweighted gpa after first semester of freshman year. Is this good enough for UCLA if I am an out of state student

Roger: The minimum GPA for out-of-state applicants is 3.4, but keep in mind that (1) you can count an extra point for AP/IB-level courses, (2) if this is your first semester of high school, you have plenty of time to improve your grades, and (3) the UC GPA only counts courses taken after 9th grade anyway.

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