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Sidra Muntaha
Fri, 07 Jul 2017 03:22:43 GMT

I just finished my junior year. my weighted gpa was 3.43 before the 20th week report card. What would be my gpa after this current report card? I got 4 A's and 2 B's and 2 of them were AP Courses. Will it go up to at least 3.6?

Roger: Does your 20th week report card contain intermediate grades? Do they count toward your overall GPA? What other report cards do you get? How many total classes have you taken so far? I’ll assume you’ve taken 6 classes per semester over a total of 6 semesters. In that case, your weighted GPA should go up to a 3.53.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:35:54 GMT

If I got a C in APUSH (1st semester) and dropped it (school forced it) and got an A (2nd semester) during sophomore year..
What would UC's think of that?

Roger: I don’t see why that would be treated any differently than if you took both semesters together.

the boy
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:40:31 GMT

so which one is the actually UC gpa. Is it the capped or the normal weighted.

Roger: It depends on the context. Usually, I see “UC GPA” used to refer to the capped GPA, whereas “weighted GPA” refers to the uncapped GPA.

Ben Tang
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:01:55 GMT

If I took more than one year of a Visual and performing arts (“f”) class, can I choose to include only one year in the GPA?

Roger: I’ve never heard of an option like that.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:34:05 GMT

Hi Roger,
If I took two semesters of P.E. and one semester of health over the summer should I include that in the gpa calculation. On the UC website it says that only a-g courses should be included in the gpa calculation and i'm not sure whether P.E. and health count as a-g courses. Thanks for the help.

Roger: Use the A-G Course List website to determine which courses count as A-G. I don’t think P.E. counts, but your health class might.

MEI Fendi
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:54:33 GMT

Hi Roger, just want to confirm. Is an A- in an AP class counted as 5.0 in GPA?

Roger: Yep.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:40:24 GMT

If I have an unweighted gpa of a 2.9 my senior year what is the highest I could bring it up to?

Roger: How many classes have you taken so far? And how many more classes are you going to take in the future?

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:07:48 GMT

I just finished 10th grade and going into 11th, I am planning to take a summer course in a community college here in Sacramento. Once it shows up on my high school transcript, will it be considered as a honor class or a regular course. Just wondering how to calculate my GPA from a UC perspective ?

Roger: I think all transferrable community college courses are counted as honors courses. You may want to read more about transfer credit.

David Ross
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:33:26 GMT

I just completed 11th grade, my capped weighted GPA is 3.96 and un-capped weighed GPA is 4.24. I have taken many community college courses. When I look at the UC San Diego freshman profile it says "High School GPA 4.00 - 4.27" - are they talking about Capped GPA or uncapped GPA, just trying to figure out my chances of getting into UCSD ? Also, my SAT scores are 1380 (M-780 & E-630) , does it make sense take one more time, does UC system take the best scores between two attempts ?

Roger: That sounds like the capped weighted GPA, but I’m not sure. As for your SAT question, you’re talking about “superscoring”. You can find out more about it on the Internet. As far as I remember, the College Board still lets you pick and choose which scores to send to a particular school. So taking it again shouldn’t make it any worse. (Who knows? Maybe you’ll get an 800 in math.)

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 01:16:30 GMT

say i had a unweighted gpa of a 2.9 my senior year of high school, is it possible for me to achieve a 4.0?

Roger: Nope, a 4.0 unweighted GPA requires all A grades.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:29:34 GMT

So if I took ap calc ab junior year I'd count that as 2 grades for honors courses?

Roger: If your AP Calculus AB course lasted 2 semesters and you got 2 grades for it, then that should count as 2 semesters of honors courses.

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:26:53 GMT


Sun, 04 Jun 2017 19:05:58 GMT

Hi Roger- I got a C in geo h freshman year both semesters while playing 2 sports one of which was varsity and doing many extra things. Sophomore year I took 3 honors/ap and first semester I got all A's and second semester I got 1 or 2 b's in my honors/Ap. How much will my freshman grade hurt me in terms of the UC's?

Roger: I have no idea. I’m a computer programmer (not a college counselor). Sorry!

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 01:02:01 GMT

How does weighted GPA work? If i got a 2.67 but a weighted of 3.17, which one will colleges look at?

Roger: Colleges will look at your entire transcript, not just your GPA.

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:55:07 GMT

Hello Roger, I got a 2.6 average gpa this year (sophomore year). If I get a 4.0 next year, I will have an average gpa of 3.3. I also have a substantial amount of extracurriculars and am going to take the SAT. If I do well on the SAT, 1500-1600, do you think I will have a shot at any of the UC?

Roger: The minimum GPA for freshmen admissions is 3.0 for residents and 3.4 for non-residents. Are you a California resident?

Bailey Liu
Tue, 30 May 2017 04:52:14 GMT

For the GPA calculating formula, what does the "H" stand for?

Roger: The number of honors courses.

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:38:15 GMT

Unusual Circumstances Question: Do I stand a chance of getting accepted to UC Berkeley, Davis, Santa Barbara, or San Diego with a 10th-11th 3.32 GPA, 3.5 W/C GPA? 10th Grade I had a 4.2 Weighted GPA, 11th grade I had a 2.91 GPA. Junior year I went to a total of 3 high schools and had moved 3 times. I am living on my own at age 18 (beginning of junior year) due to serious family issues. After that incident, I started to do better with a 4.4 Weighted GPA my first semester of Senior Year and had scored a 1560 on my SAT and a 35 on my ACT. I had taken 4 Community College classes and I have a 4.0 cumulative GPA in the summer of my junior year. I currently work 6 days a week and a total of 30 hours per week to support myself. I had just been promoted to shift leader, had an internship, and had 150+ hours of community service. I am a first generation college student. Will colleges consider me for admission based on my perseverance and determination to do well despite personal family issues?

Roger: Sounds like you have a fascinating story to tell in the essay portion of your application. 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). If you’ve just finished your first semester of your senior year, then I suppose your high school doesn’t use the fall-spring semester system? I can’t say whether your unusual circumstances will make UC’s overlook your junior year GPA, but good luck!

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:04:32 GMT

Hello Roger I was wondering if you are too retake a class and receive a better grade (i am retake algebra 3/4 i got a C) First question is will colleges see this C on my transcript even after i retake with a better passing grade and my second question is will my Gpa improve?
Thanks :)

Roger: I think if you retake a class, both attempts will appear on your transcript, but you can replace the failing grade in your GPA. However, the UC’s don’t consider “C” to be a failing grade.

girl from california
Thu, 25 May 2017 01:25:03 GMT

will a downward trend in unweighted GPA but upward trend in weighted GPA hurt my chances of college admission? I am a junior. I took a total of 9 APs in sophomore and junior year and my unweighted GPA went as low as 3.17 last semester, but my weighted will be a 4.5 this semester.

Roger: I think that’s pretty typical for high school (harder courses and lower grades in junior year). I wouldn’t worry about it.

A random guy
Mon, 15 May 2017 23:41:34 GMT

I have a 4.23 W GPA, 3.86 UW, and a 32 ACT. I have been on water polo and swim for 4 years and am Class President of 2018, having been on leadership for 2 years. I also am the president of my own Club that has done a good ammount of work. I also have 65 hours of community service and a pretty good story to tell for my essay about being class president. What are my chances?

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:08:07 GMT

My sister has a 4.0 and wants to get into medical school. She also wants to graduate with her original class (we were not held back because of grades) We were wondering if we can still get into med school if she skips a grade.

Roger: I don’t think med schools care about your high school transcript.

Sachin Krishna
Thu, 04 May 2017 02:56:32 GMT

I have a 3.76 capped gpa and 4.36 weighted uc gpa. I have been working for the Democratic Party of Palm Springs for all four years. Leader of the varsity Palm Springs tennis team while we won 1 championship. Over my 4 years, I have accumulated over 500 community service hours. I have a 1450 SAT. What are my chances for UCI? UCLA? UCB?

Roger: It sounds like you’re a pretty good student, but if you’re asking me whether you’ll get into UCI, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, well, I have no idea. I’m a computer programmer. I don’t actually know anything about college admissions.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:40:06 GMT

How are summer courses counted in your UC gpa?

Roger: Check out this FAQ.

Eve Carlson
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:40:58 GMT

Please students, go to the UC web site for accurate information. This calculator is based on data from 8 years ago when admissions standards were much lower. Because GPAs and test scores of admitted students used to be much lower, the calculator will OVERESTIMATE chances of admissions for everyone who uses it.

Eve Carlson
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:38:40 GMT

Here is where you can get accurate information about U.C. admissions:

Rick Ryan
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:52:28 GMT

For the honors course section are you supposed to add all of the honors points you've taken including freshman and senior year or just sophomore and junior?

Roger: Only the ones taken after freshman year.

Mohit Patel
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:02:42 GMT

I have a 4.33 weighted GPA and 3.83 unweighted and taken a total of 11 AP classes. I have 1500 out of 1600 SAT Score and 33 ACT Score. I have played basketball 3 years (2 years varsity) for my school and been in asb/leadership past 2 years. I have also recieved the presidential volunteer service award. WHen I was 15, I organized a children's event which attracted 1300 kids. What are my chances to go to UCLA or USC?

Roger: Sounds like you’re a shoe in.

Anonymous Student
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:02:32 GMT

Is a 3.8 a good UC GPA?
If I want to get into a school like UCSD or UCSB or USC?

Thank You, Roger

Roger: I’d recommend doing a web search for “freshman profile” along with the name of your desired school. Each school publishes statistics about the students they admit, and those statistics should give you an idea of how you compare with other applicants.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:31:44 GMT

If I am a president and founder of a club, and have a uc gpa of 3.7 will i have a good chance at Berkeley?

additional info: know 4 languages, work at a restaurant, took college courses, have lived in 3 countries, have a sibling that i have to take care of.

thx in advance

Roger: According to the UC Berkeley freshman admission profile, the 25th and 75th percentile high school GPA for admits was 4.12 to 4.30. So I think probably not, although that’s hard to say with confidence without knowing more about you.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:10:39 GMT

Hi, I have a cummaltive gpa of 2.17 in my 2nd semester of junior year. I'm making a 4.0 this semester and intend to as well in the summer with 9 hours. Is it possible to have a 2.5 by next spring ?

Roger: I’ll estimate that you’ve taken 16 units of coursework per semester. Since you’ve completed 5 semester so far, your GPA should go up to a 2.48 by the end of this semester. And if you get a 4.0 over the summer, your GPA should go up to a 2.61.

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:18:18 GMT

Hi roger. My current grade is an 92%. Quizzes are worth 20% of my grade.i got a F on a quiz what is my average now

Roger: It depends on how many quizzes you’ve taken so far and your current quiz average. Also, do you have any empty categories in your grade? Like a “participation” category that has no score yet?

OOS Applicant
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:52:43 GMT

Are the OOS stats published on UC Berkeley's student profile weighted or unweighted?

Roger: Those look unweighted to me.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:30:53 GMT

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, 20 Feb 2017 17:05:34 GMT

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.

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:13:19 GMT


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.


Roger: I answered your question over here.

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:31:41 GMT

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.

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:48:07 GMT

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, 14 Feb 2017 23:42:16 GMT

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

IB Student
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:46:09 GMT

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.

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:44:42 GMT

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, 05 Feb 2017 21:12:48 GMT

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?

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:20:22 GMT

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.

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 04:12:45 GMT

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.

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:29:03 GMT

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.”

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 03:15:23 GMT

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 are probably uncapped. The GPAs listed on are probably capped, since their website mentions the cap on their “How to calculate your UC GPA” page.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:46:12 GMT

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.”

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:48:49 GMT

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.

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 02:58:19 GMT

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−.

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:50:35 GMT

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.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:42:34 GMT

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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