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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

  • 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 hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist.
  • 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 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. (:

561 CommentsAdd one

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

bill
Wed, 27 May 2020 03:59:59 GMT

Do any of the UC look at fully weighted gpa or just capped

Roger: I believe admissions is based on your entire transcript, not just your GPA.

Obid
Wed, 20 May 2020 08:54:58 GMT

I am really confused on the 8 capping semesters part. Like how do you have 8 semesters within 2 years of high school, aren’t 10 and 11th grade a total of 4 semesters? And is the cap of 8 per honors/ap class or in total?

Roger: The limit is expressed in terms of course semesters. While it’s true that there are usually only 4 semesters in the 10th and 11th grades, you can take more than one honors course per term. The cap is 8 total semesters.

hellaBet
Mon, 18 May 2020 17:51:46 GMT

is my gpa of 4.17 good enough

Roger: Yes, definitely.

Krish KUmar
Fri, 15 May 2020 11:19:09 GMT

Roger I have a 3.80 UC GPA. I know its not very good, but do you think I can get into Davis with this GPA potenially. I am an IB Diploma candidate.

Roger: I don’t know anything about UC Admissions, but your GPA sounds pretty good to me. Anyway, good luck!

Anthony
Wed, 13 May 2020 12:09:41 GMT

Hey roger, I'm a current junior. Just wondering, if I plan to take a college class (3 units) this summer for college credit and GPA boost, will the class be counted as two semesters or just one for when I calculate my UC GPA?

Roger: I’m not sure, but I’d guess that it depends on how many letter grades you receive from the class. If you only receive a single letter grade, then it probably counts as one semester.

Yunwei Li
Thu, 07 May 2020 22:00:33 GMT

Is the weighted or the weighted and capped Gpa your UC Gpa, its a little confusing.

Roger: It depends on the context, but I think usually the UC GPA refers to the weighted and capped GPA?

Bethany
Thu, 07 May 2020 14:51:43 GMT

I was wondering, are college courses done in 9th grade and the summer before 12th grade count in the UC gpa?

Roger: I believe only courses taken after the 9th grade count.

Jillian
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 02:28:10 GMT

Hi Roger, do I place all my classes from 10-11? Or only the required/recommended amount example A-G indicates 2 years of language other then English. I’ve done 5years of French. I took French 1 freshman year, French 2 summer, French 3 sophomore, French 4 summer, French 5 junior, and Im taking AP French Senior year. Also for the sections for English that require 4 years do I add 9th grade? Or do I omit from my calculations?

Roger: All of your grades should be counted. The a-g course requirements don’t factor into this at all. Also, I’m surprised that AP French apparently comes after 5 years of French? Must be really tough.

help
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:57:38 GMT

hey roger, my school goes by trimesters. I took 2 summer classes (not by my school), and they go by semesters. I am also planning on doing 4 semesters worth of ap classes outside of my school next year. so what should I choose for the "your school uses _____ to assign grades" cus my normal school is trimesters and my online school is semesters?

Roger: The calculator accepts fractional numbers. I think generally the UCs expect most students to use semesters, so I suppose you could count each summer class as 1.5 trimesters?

Maverick Mondala
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:59:12 GMT

Is the UC GPA calculated only 10-12 grade or 10-11 grade?

Roger: Your UC application usually won’t include your year 12 grades, since it’s due halfway through the year. Whether or not the published UC GPAs include year 12 grades, I’m not sure.

Anonymous
Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:06:04 GMT

I failed two classes for one semester, but I remediated the grades and got an A. Does that count as 4 points for GPA?

Roger: I’m not sure what that means, sorry.

e.g. Bill Joy
Sat, 04 Apr 2020 00:18:01 GMT

Roger, you're such a beast. I tried making sense of the UC system and I couldn't do it, I had 5 tabs open with mystifying directives of what courses to count, what is worth what, etc. and I just couldn't muster the mental concentration to tackle this beast. I have insane respect for you not only making sense of it, but also for putting out a calculator for everyone to use.

Thank you,

e.g. Bill Joy

Roger: Glad to help!

Keyo
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:34:47 GMT

Hi Roger,

I’m an OOS and during the summer of my freshman year, I did a summer course that granted me 0.5 credits. Do I count this as 1 semester course?

Roger: Sounds reasonable to me.

Alejandra
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?.

Roger: Sure, that seems perfectly fine. The minimum GPA for in-state students is 3.0 (and that’s including honors points).

KoolGuy
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?

Pavar
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.

Sulaiman
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).

Marisa
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??

Marisa

Roger: I’m not sure.

Rich
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?

jaehank
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”.

Mary
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.

Max
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.

Thanks

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.

SB
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.

jaehank
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 03:33:30 GMT

am i correct?

jaehank
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 03:30:28 GMT

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

jaehank
Wed, 12 Feb 2020 01:13:59 GMT

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

jaehank
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

TheLegend27
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

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Roger: Glad to help!

Rich
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...?

Thanks!

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!

Hello!
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 course....do 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

Hello!
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.

billy
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.

Eunsoo
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.

sophia
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.

lol
Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:57:29 GMT

what was ur gpa that got u into uc berkely?

Roger: I don’t actually remember.

a
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:24:08 GMT

Nvm. u alrdy answered the question. Sry

a
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:22:02 GMT

What if you are taking AP courses?

me
Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:28:27 GMT

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

augguaaguauguauggauauugaugh
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:49:47 GMT

hi

Carl
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.

Carson
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!

Anonymous
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

Nelly
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.

oop
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.

A
Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:41:12 GMT

Would theology classes be considered in the course list?

Roger: I think so?

Bill
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.

A
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.

A
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.

Chris
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.

Roger
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!

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