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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.
  • 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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The following opinions were written by anonymous visitors and do not represent RogerHub.
Joy
Tue Feb 21 2017 19:30:53 +0000

If I have a 80 in a class and my exam is 25% of my grade what do I need to make on exam to end up with a 86? My exam is worth 198 points

Roger: I’ll assume that your exam is your *final* exam. In that case, you’ll need to score at least a 104.0% on your final exam to get a 86% overall. That’s 206 points out of 198. If it isn’t your final exam, I need to know how much of your coursework you’ve completed so far. (If it isn’t your final exam, it gets easier.)

Random person
Mon Feb 20 2017 17:05:34 +0000

Hey so if I got 3.2 as a cum GPA and involve with a lot of school actives such as being president 1 club and 2 sports by the end of junior year, will UCR or UCI consider me??

Roger: Sure they will.

Nick
Sun Feb 19 2017 20:13:19 +0000

Roger,

I have 27 A's and 6 B's (UC W/C GPA, 4.06, trimester system), 34 ACT, 750 Lit and 760 Math 2, 12 Honors/Ap courses) from a competitive private school on the east coast, interesting and varied EC's, decent essays, Asian. Calculator gave a 34% chance. Please chance me.

Thanks

Roger: I answered your question over here.

James
Sun Feb 19 2017 06:31:41 +0000

What is the maximum weighted and capped GPA by UC's calculation?

Using your calculator, if a student

takes 6 courses / year, the maximum weighted and capped GPA is 4.33;
takes 5 courses / year, the maximum weighted and capped GPA is 4.40;
takes 4 courses / year, the maximum weighted and capped GPA is 4.50.

Thus, it seems that UC should further specify what is the assumed number of courses/ year that a high school student is expected to take, otherwise, the student takes the less course load will end up with a higher weighted and capped GPA.

Roger: Yep, you’re right. It’s an unfortunate trade-off, but in some cases, it’s still better than counting an unlimited number of honors courses. The maximum score is a 5.0, but that’s completely unrealistic. Admissions cares about your transcript, not your GPA, after all.

Katherine
Sat Feb 18 2017 17:48:07 +0000

Hi Roger, my freshman year of high school I received a 2.6 GPA, I got an F in math but made credit recovery, however my sophomore year I got a 3.8 and right now in my junior year I have a 3.6 so far, overall for my sophomore and junior GPA I have about a 3.6, will the UC's see my freshman year transcript at all? By the way, I got a C in my math class this year, will that disqualify me from UC?

Roger: I submitted my freshman year grades on my UC Application, and that hasn’t changed as far as I know. However, the UC’s say that they don’t count your freshman year grades when calculating the UC GPA. You won’t submit senior year grades until the end of the year, unless you get a failing grade (in which case, they’ll ask you to notify admissions immediately). Since a “C” is a passing grade, you don’t need to explicitly notify the UC’s about it.

Riley Porter
Tue Feb 14 2017 23:42:16 +0000

What if I get all D's in my grade?

IB Student
Wed Feb 08 2017 05:46:09 +0000

Do IB Standard Level courses count as honors level courses too, or is it just Higher Level Courses that count?

Roger: The best way to find out would be to search this catalog of high school course offerings. If your school isn’t listed, try to find another school that offers the same IB course. I think most IB courses (both standard and higher level) count for honors points, but it varies from subject to subject.

Anonymous
Wed Feb 08 2017 05:44:42 +0000

Do UC's look at the difficulty of classes? For example, if you are taking AP Euro and AP Physics and get one B and one C, will they count it easier than getting a C in a CP class, or do they look at it the same? I am taking all honors and have A's in most of them except for 1.

Thank You, Roger

Roger: Well, if you go to a California high school, the UC’s will have information about the courses your high school offers (a sample syllabus and historical grade distribution). This helps provide context to your transcript and explain if (for example) one of your courses has a historically low grade distribution. Even if you’re not in California, admissions officers will probably be familiar with the level of rigor of AP courses.

Random Dude
Sun Feb 05 2017 21:12:48 +0000

Roger, I know that an upward trend is when you do better than the year before.
But what if you took harder classes by your grades stay the same
For example, I took regular classes but maintained a 3.5 gpa at that time
Next year I took 3 Ap and 3 Honor but still maintained a 3.5 gpa
is that still considered an "upward trend"?

Roger: Sounds right to me. Who’s asking?

Lc
Sat Feb 04 2017 18:20:22 +0000

Hi. I am in 9th grade and received a Failing grade in my honors Algebra 3( 2nd year) course. I received A's in honors Biology and Engineering classes and and did well in my other classes. It was suggested by my math teacher that I may not have to take over the class and that If if I perform well with the more advanced classes in the coming semesters/years that the UC schools would overlook this grade???. I have been misinformed several times by my couselor. Can you please tell me the hard facts. 1) do I need to take Algebra 3 over? 2) if I don't take it over will they still consider me for admissions assuming all my other grades are good and since this took place in 9th grade 3) If I need to take the course over and succeed in the class, will they overlook this course and consider me for admissions?? Please advise as soon as possible. Thank you. I am in the Poway school district in San Diego.

Roger: (1) You won’t get credit for taking the course if you get a failing grade. Make sure you’re meeting the minimum A-G requirements without needing the course you failed. (2) Sure, there’s no requirement that you need to retake a failing grade. But will your school allow you to take harder math courses if you failed “Algebra 3”? (3) If you retake the course and get a passing grade, then technically your new grade would replace your old grade when calculating your GPA. That’s all they say about it.

PHILLIP
Sat Feb 04 2017 04:12:45 +0000

Hey Roger, is this accurate in determining ones likelihood of getting into a UC based on the calculator alone? Thanks!

Roger: Nope. Not at all.

Brandon
Fri Feb 03 2017 08:29:03 +0000

Hi, for this GPA calculator, do we just punch in grades for sophomore – junior year, or grades for all 4 years of high school?

Roger: “Only count courses taken after the 9th grade. If you took a summer class before 10th grade, you should count that.”

Anonymous
Fri Feb 03 2017 03:15:23 +0000

Are you sure that the GPA published on the UC schools' profiles is uncapped and weighted? I find it difficult to believe that UC Berkeley's 75% fully weighted GPA is only 4.3.

Roger: The unweighted GPA on admissions.berkeley.edu are probably uncapped. The GPAs listed on admission.universityofcalifornia.edu are probably capped, since their website mentions the cap on their “How to calculate your UC GPA” page.

Sophomore
Tue Jan 31 2017 05:46:12 +0000

Do we put grades starting from 10th grade or from 9th grade?

Roger: “Only count courses taken after the 9th grade. If you took a summer class before 10th grade, you should count that.”

Shah
Sun Jan 29 2017 22:48:49 +0000

Is having a 3.4 unweighted GPA and a 4.07 weighted GPA sophomore year good? Do you think I can get my GPA up so I can at least get into a good UC?

FYI: my UC Capped GPA is about a 3.7

Thank You, Roger

Roger: Try looking up the freshman profile published by whichever UC school you’re interested in. For example, here’s the one for UC Berkeley. FYI, the GPA published in UC freshmen profiles is usually the uncapped weighted GPA.

Senior
Sat Jan 28 2017 02:58:19 +0000

Hi roger
does an A- really correlate to a 3.7? or does it count as a 4 in uc?

Roger: This calculator is for calculating high school GPA’s. Plusses and minuses don’t make a difference when calculating the UC GPA for high school grades. But for college grades, UC’s only award 3.7 points for an A−.

Sophia
Wed Jan 25 2017 00:50:35 +0000

I took two college classes over the summer. How do I calculate that in my UC gpa? Thanks :)

Roger: Check that the courses you took are eligible for UC transfer credit. (If you took the courses at a California community college, you can search on this website.) You’ll also need to check whether the courses you took count for a quarter or a semester. I think community college courses count for honors points as well.

Ted
Mon Jan 23 2017 00:42:34 +0000

I got a C+ in first semester Calc BC. Will this disqualify me from UCLA or UCSD?

Roger: I’m assuming you’re a high-school senior and have already submitted your application. Technically, you don’t need to notify either of those schools if you only got one “C” grade in your senior year. Make sure you don’t get a second “C” in your second semester though.

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