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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).
Grade Point Average for UCs
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.
The above instruction for calculating GPA was taken directly from the CSU Mentor web page for CPSLO.
I spoke with an admissions counselor today at Cal poly who said they recalculate every single applicants gpa because everyone gets it wrong!