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How to calculate UC GPA?

cliff_hangercliff_hanger Posts: 383Registered User Member
edited March 2012 in College Admissions
How do we ensure that we have our UC GPA calculated correctly? For example, I found out that at my school, there's Honors Algebra 2 Trig but apparently it isn't given an extra grade point in GPA (meaning if you get an A it's 4.0 not 5.0 like most honors/APs).

Is there a "UC GPA calculator" that I should use?
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Replies to: How to calculate UC GPA?

  • 99cents99cents Posts: 1,088Registered User Member
    Use the following link and input your high school name. Note only applicable for CA high schools.

    https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/
  • aa6590aa6590 Posts: 783Registered User Member
    for UC's. can u REALLY only add up to 8 bonus points for honors/AP/IB total?
  • QuixoticRickQuixoticRick Posts: 1,289Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, they only accept 8 bonus points. Also, why are you calculating UC GPAs? I don't recall inputting that into my application.
  • arklogicarklogic Posts: 1,361Registered User Senior Member
    yea, i am curious as to why the uc's have their own capped a-g gpa, when it is not on the application.
  • cliff_hangercliff_hanger Posts: 383Registered User Member
    99cents, that link doesn't tell me anything about UC GPA or how to calculate it? it just tells me which courses at my school meet their a-g requirements.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 20,935Registered User Senior Member
    teh UCs cap the bonus point so as not to disadvantage kids who attend high schools that offer few honors/AP courses. But don't worry, the readers also see the uncapped gpa.

    cliff: Take all your a-g semester grades, and mutliply by A=4, B=3, C=2, etc. Ignore plusses and minuses. Sum the total. Add bonus points for UC-approved honors courses and AP/IB courses, not to exceed 8; one bonus point for one semester honors/AP course. Divide by # of course-semesters.
  • dontchadontcha Posts: 620Registered User Member
    you don't need to, you just input the grades on the app
  • awesomeness.sanawesomeness.san Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    I have a question about that as well (though mine is the CSU application, but hopefully this part is the same). If my AP Biology class is still "In Progress", then how do I calculate my GPA?
  • QuixoticRickQuixoticRick Posts: 1,289Registered User Senior Member
    You don't calculate it. For the UC GPA, it uses only your sophomore through junior year grades.
  • awesomeness.sanawesomeness.san Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    Ah ok, that part is different then. CSU requires 10th, 11th, and 12th grade courses in the calculations. Thanks anyway
  • DunninLADunninLA Posts: 4,267Registered User Senior Member
    So let me get
  • hopeful2468hopeful2468 Posts: 133Registered User Junior Member
    so what's the maximum uc gpa you can have if there's a cap?
  • DunninLADunninLA Posts: 4,267Registered User Senior Member
    New member -- assume there are twenty semester classes that count in the a-g course requirements. Further know there is a max of eight sememster classes for which an AP class gets +1 point.

    That would be 4.4, I think... it's early still here.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 20,935Registered User Senior Member
    it's all math.

    For most kids, a 4.4 is the max UC gpa, but it could be higher if you took only four (or fewer) a-g courses per year. However, taking less than five academic courses would not be considered rigorous schedule, so a 4.5+ under those circumstances would not work for admissions to the more competitive UCs.
  • MegaVortex7MegaVortex7 Posts: 874Registered User Member
    They do it by semester right? So what if my school only puts one grade per class on the transcript? Does that mean that I only get a maximum of 4 points added?
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