The Cal Poly admissions officer at the tour I attended last year said that Cal Poly does its own GPA calculations which are slightly different from the other CSUs. What's published is that Cal Poly uses grades from years 9-11 (different from UCs that use 10-11) and limits weighted grades to 8 points (same as UCs). They also request and include grades for 8th grade algebra, and give an extra point plus an extra semester's credit to any Community College course. For example, a B in a semester-long CC Calculus course gets counted as an A and 2 semesters.
CPSLO doesn't calculate GPA the same way as the UCs. The difference is in how 9th grade coursework is counted: CPSLO includes it, UCs don't.
College prep GPA Calculated by Cal Poly for 9th -11th grade coursework designated on the application (with honors points granted for courses designated as "honors," “advanced placement" or "international baccalaureate" on a high school transcript, for up to eight semesters).
To determine your eligibility, the University calculates your GPA in the "a-g" subjects by assigning point values to the grades you earn, totaling the points and dividing the total by the number of "a-g" courses. Points are assigned as follows: A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=1 point, and F=0 points. (Pluses and minuses are not calculated in the grade point average.)
Only the grades you earn in "a-g" subjects in the 10th and 11th grades - including summer sessions - are used to calculate your preliminary GPA. Courses you took in ninth grade can be used to meet the Subject Requirement if you earned a grade of C or better, but they will not be used to calculate your GPA.
"Your high school grade point average is calculated on all a-g courses completed after grade 9.
Here is a simple way to calculate your high school grade point average.
Using the chart below, enter the count of each grade you have earned in a-g courses completed after grade 9. For example, if you have earned 4 As so far in a-g courses taken after grade 9 then enter 4 in the box next to the "A." Continue to enter counts of all your grades earned in a-g coursework. Ignore pluses and minuses in the grade (i.e., B+ should be considered a B). "
The above instruction for calculating GPA was taken directly from the CSU Mentor web page for CPSLO.
It looks a lot like the UC calculation, don't you think?
My (belabored!) point is that CPSLO includes 9th grade courses when calculating GPA, which no other CSU or UC includes. CPSLO is unique in that way. If you disagree, please contact CPSLO admissions to confirm - they're very responsive and professional.
OK, OOS parent here with two doctoral degrees completely befuddled by UC's gpa calculation. I can search but I hope you can explain "a-g" courses. I understand the core requirements, but how does one figure visual and performing arts? One is required, but what if student has more? Do all count to gpa?
I have just helped kids with at least 25 CSU applications in the last 24 hours so I think I can help.
If you are applying to other CSU's besides Cal Poly, you will have to calculate the GPA twice. Since the application prepopulates every other CSU application, you should fill out the Cal Poly one first, file it, then go on to another of your CSU's, open the high school records page and reclaculate w/o 9th grade marks.
The easiest way, and believe me I have this mastered, is to go to the bottom of the page after the "G" course list and click on "calculate GPA". Count up your A's, B's and C's and list how many of each. Do not add a grade point for honors or AP or college classes. Next, count how many of those grades are for honors, ap or college classes and enter that number of courses on the honors/ap line. Hit calculate.
On another note, assuming you're not using a waiver, the best and fastest way to print your application is to go all the way to the end, after the fee waiver page to where it says "Submit application". Click on this and at the top of the next page there are 3 choices. The middle one says something like "preview and submit" Click on this and it will bring up a copy of your completed app and you can print from there. You can't accidently submit it because you haven't entered credit card info.
Visual and performing arts are included in the a-g requirements and so are included in the GPA. These a-g requirements are minimums, so even if a student took 4 years of performing arts, for example, all 4 years would be included in his GPA.
If you're OOS, your high school's courses might not match up exactly to the UC a-g requirements. Try looking around on the main UC website to see if you can find more specific information. In California, most high schools make it pretty clear which are a-g courses and which aren't.
Here's more information I found via a quick web search:
Cal POly gives points for everything over the minimum on the A-G list so list every academic course you have that is on the list. If you're OOS, use the drop down menu for the subject area and chose "other". This will allow you to type the course name (exactly as it appears on the transcript) on the application.
I spoke with an admissions counselor today at Cal poly who said they recalculate every single applicants gpa because everyone gets it wrong!
"Next, count how many of those grades are for honors, ap or college classes and enter that number of courses on the honors/ap line. Hit calculate. "
I thought the CSU Mentor instructions for calculating their GPA limited your AP/Honors/College credits to 8 points. In other words, the maximum number that should go in the "honors/AP/College" line is 8.