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Wed, 25 Nov 2020 18:21:14 GMT


I have an unweighted GPA of 3.53 but a Weighted GPA of 4.33. Is that good for the UC colleges? Also, do we include our senior grades? (The GPA above doesn't include senior grades).


Roger: Sounds pretty good to me. I think you’re supposed to include all of the grades you’ve received so far, which usually doesn’t include your senior year.

Sun, 22 Nov 2020 07:57:32 GMT

As a Utah student, I find it so confusing to do the conversion. Any tips?

Roger: I’ve never met anyone who went to school in Utah. Do grades work differently for you?

Sat, 21 Nov 2020 18:49:06 GMT

College app szn!! So, I'm a guy who aces tests but doesn't do homework, so my unweighted GPA is 3.571 and my weighted GPA is only a 4.0. I got a 1500 on my SAT (no tutor, couldn't afford one) but I'm not sure if the UCs will see that considering COVID. I have lots of extracurriculars, hold office in about 3 clubs, partake in about 4 more clubs, and do 2 sports, one of which I do for more than 500 hours a year. Also, my family is lower-middle-class. My dream school is UCLA, so how good are my chances?

Roger: I have no idea, sorry.

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 18:38:15 GMT

I am an international student, attending local small private school in Nocal. Q1. I went to school in foreign country during 9th and only have pass or fail transcript. Would the UC accept this 9th transcript? Q2. And, I do not have 2 years of minimum requirement on Foreign Language. Am I eligible to apply UC?

Roger: I suggest contacting UC Admissions and asking there.

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:21:08 GMT

Since spring 2020 was pass or fail, do we still get the extra point for each ap/honor class when calculating our UC gpa's?

Roger: I have no idea, sorry.

Donny Chen
Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:59:41 GMT

What count's as an Honors Course? Because I thought UC honors course is different from the normal Honors Course.

Roger: I agree. Check out the “Rules for calculating GPA” above.

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:08:54 GMT

Hang in there gamers, the semester is almost over

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 21:30:03 GMT

I have a gpa of 4.20. Is that good enough for UC Berkeley? I have very good extracurriculars, presidents of two clubs and on the tennis team. I have volunteered for 50 hours, and am planning to do more volunteering. Is that good?

Roger: That sounds pretty great to me.

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:41:25 GMT

Hey Rodger,

I kinda screwed up my grades in sophomore year, but I am working really hard this year. If I keep up with my grades, I'll most likely have a 3.6 UW 4.08 W and 4.05 capped. Is that good enough? Will they prefer the capped GPA over the weighted?

Roger: I’m not sure, but good luck!

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:17:38 GMT

Is a 4.33 uc gpa enough to be competitive for chemE programs at all UC campuses?

Roger: I suppose so.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:46:00 GMT

Hello Roger,
I am wondering how does community college classes count towards the amount of As or Bs when calculating UC GPA. I am taking 2 community college classes each semester during junior year so totally I have taken 8 college classes. Community college class count as 10 credits in my transcript which is worth a year of high school class. For example, If I gotten an A in one of my college classes will I enter 2 As in the UC GPA calculator or only one.

Thank you

Roger: I’m not sure, sorry.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:05:48 GMT

Hi Roger so I took two 3 AP courses and two honors courses in my Junior year. The honors I took was honors english and honors medical interventions so would these honors courses count as weighted AP courses?

Roger: I think it depends on your high school. Some “honors” courses count, and others don’t. You can look up the full list online.

Marne Duke
Sat, 17 Oct 2020 15:16:28 GMT

Do I need to include classes that would be considered a-g, but already fulfilled before grades 10 and 11? For example: two years of foreign language are required for admission, and I took those in grades 8-9 (honors Spanish 1-4), but I also took Spanish in 10 and 11. Do I have to include those grades in my GPA calculation?

Roger: No, I think fulfilling a-g requirements is orthogonal to which courses are included in the GPA.

Bill Jou
Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:55:39 GMT

How do UCs view summer courses?

Roger: They think they’re neat.

Bob the Builder YES WE CAN [get into a UC!]
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:57:46 GMT

Thank you so much for this calculator!! It was extremely helpful while applying last year!

Roger: Glad to help!

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 01:16:59 GMT

Thank you very much for making this calculator. However, my question is for the UC approved honors courses, do I only put in the honors courses I took from 10-11 grade, or do I include the honors courses I took in 12th grade. thank you

Roger: You should include all the grades you’ve received so far. However, most people submit their UC applications around the beginning of the 12th grade, which usually means grades aren’t available yet.

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:10:51 GMT

On the UC freshman admissions chart the average GPA for admitted is 4.34 for california residents. I have a 4.19 through the end of Junior year. If I get A's my senior year I will have a 4.30. Do you know which GPA do they use for Admitted? The Junior or Senior GPA.

Roger: I suppose it depends on where you source your data from. They’ll usually mention exactly which statistic they’re reporting.

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:42:06 GMT

What is a strong UC gpa

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:36:30 GMT

Should we count senior year as well?

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 22:31:24 GMT

Do honors credits count if the course grade was just "pass" (not a letter grade)? Thanks.

Roger: I think only letter grades count toward the GPA at all.

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:47:33 GMT

Many of the UCs show the freshman admit stats, are the UCs publishing the capped gpa or just a regular 10-12 academic gpa

regina george
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 02:23:43 GMT

what should u do if your community college classes run on quarter system and your hs runs on semester system

Roger: I haven’t found any guidance about that specific situation.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:25:42 GMT

I was thinking about taking a dual enrollment class through a university online would that count towards my gpa?
thank you

Roger: Sorry, I’m not sure what that is.

Sun, 26 Jul 2020 23:31:33 GMT

Hi, quick question, in Grade 10, I got two different grades C from 1st sem and A from 2nd sem. Then how do I enter the grades? one A and one C? Or just use final 2nd sem grade as A. Please advise. Thanks.

Roger: You should count each grade once.

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 22:28:28 GMT

Hey Roger, I was wondering whether taking a class at a private university could count as a course or even a weighted course on the UC GPA. The classes total 10 credits. Thanks!

Roger: I think if the course earns you transferrable credit, then it should count.

Bill Joy
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 02:09:04 GMT

Do UC's look at first semester grades from 12th grade?

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:35:19 GMT

Hi Roger, My school does not have AP French 5; however, if we are in French 4, we can take the AP French Test. I was just wondering if passing the AP french test has any effect on the UC GPA calculation.

Roger: No, I don’t think AP tests have any impact on the UC GPA.

Epic Gamer
Sun, 05 Jul 2020 18:20:52 GMT

Hey Roger!
I am taking an AP class online which says that it is a single semester course, but my school is on the trimester system. How should I account for this in my UC gpa?

Roger: I’m not sure. I suppose you could count it as 1.5 courses.

Sat, 27 Jun 2020 22:17:56 GMT

Roger, If I took more A-G classes than required, will they all count toward my GPA? Or could I pick my best grades?

Roger: All the classes you took after the 9th grade count toward your GPA.

Sat, 27 Jun 2020 19:38:35 GMT

hello, I have an AP class freshman year. is that not counted at all??

Roger: Not in the UC GPA, I believe.

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:35:25 GMT

Hi Roger,

I read that the UC system counts A- as a 3.76 instead of a 4. Do you know if that's true?

Roger: You might be thinking of the GPA that’s calculated from your college grades. This calculator is for high school grades.

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 06:44:37 GMT


I am a raising senior. I have one class that is A-G requirement. I have another class that transfers to my major. I also have one class that is not A-G requirement and not transferable to my major. Which of the classes will add to my GPA. Will the A-G requirement class be added and will the class transferable to my major be counted toward my GPA. Will wait for your response...


Roger: I’d guess any A-G course or transferrable course should count toward the GPA.

Sun, 14 Jun 2020 16:11:28 GMT

Hi Roger! I am planning on taking a community college class my first semester senior year. This class is ten weeks so it ends before college applications are due. Will this courses be included in my UC GPA?

Roger: I think the UC GPA used for admissions is based on grades that you’ve already received at the time. I suppose that if you include your grade in your application, then it’ll be counted.

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:08:52 GMT

Hi David,

UC will look for High School unweighted GPA, UC Capped GPA , UC weighted GPA and will see how you earned it.Because some people they can easily get 4.0 High school GPA by getting all regular classes. And some people they just can get easily get 4.4 UC capped GPA by getting just 2 honors classes in 10 and 11th grade. you can get into UC's with 3.6 GPA. It's just the question how did you earned your GPA..

Ken Nguyen
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 02:44:42 GMT

Hi, I was just wondering what grade levels are accounted for when calculating GPA. Should freshman also be calculated?

Roger: Only courses taken after the 9th grade should be counted.

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 23:47:42 GMT

@David Kim, I am not sure how anyone can get a 4.75 GPA unless its the uncapped GPA being shown. If a student takes 6 A-G classes a semester, with a cap of 8 honors points (assume 2 per semester and getting all A), that would mean the max GPA is 4.33. Therefore you need to compare your uncapped GPA.

Bill Joe
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 20:16:02 GMT

Hello. Because of COVID-19, my school is doing Pass/Fail grading for the last 9 weeks. Do I pretend that those grades don't exist?

Roger: I have no idea, sorry.

David Kim
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:53:44 GMT

Hello. Thank you for making this site. My weighted UC GPA is a 4.42, it's great an all, but I look on the UCLA admissions page and the 75th percentile is in the 4.7 range. I used up all my 8 honor points. I took a lot of "pre ap" classes (that I got all A's on) which lowered my GPA a bit. How is it fair that some kids who took 8 honor classes, 2 normal classes, and 6 electives, have a higher GPA than someone who took 10 honor classes, and 6 normal classes (assume both kids got A's in everything). Electives don't count towards GPA so it's unfair that someone who took more electives have a higher gpa.

The kid who took less classes that count towards GPA have a 4.8 weighted, while the other person has a 4.5 weighted, even though the second kid took more AP's and normal classes.

Does UCLA account for this? A large part of UC admissions is based on GPA, so it feels unfair that someone who took more classes is at a disadvantage since they have more classes that bring down their GPA closer to a 4.0.

Roger: Sure, the GPA definition has some flaws. But I think admissions are based on your entire transcript, not just your GPA. The GPA is a useful measurement for statistics, but I think your actual courseload and grades are more important.

Sat, 30 May 2020 08:37:34 GMT

I have a 3.86 weighted GPA with two Cs for an AP class I took. Do you think that is a bad weighted GPA? Do you think I will be able to at least get into UCR even though I got two Cs? Thank you for creating this website!

Roger: Sorry, I think you may be mistaken about who I am. I don’t actually know anything about college admissions. Anyway, good luck!

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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