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.
  • 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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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!

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?

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.

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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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:33:08 GMT