Calculating GPA

  1. Since AP courses are awarded extra honors points, if a student gets a D in an AP course, does that count as a C?
  1. Does the university accept academic renewal for transfer students? Is it a good idea to pursue academic renewal, or does it look bad on a UC application? How would UC calculate the student's GPA?
  1. How does UC calculate grades earned on the trimester system? For example, what if a high school student has a C-plus in the first trimester, a B-minus in the second trimester and a C-minus in the third trimester?
  1. What courses are used to determine a student's GPA for freshman admission to UC? If a student took geometry and biology in the ninth grade, do they use those grades in calculating their GPA?
  1. How does UC calculate the GPA of a high school applicant who is a California resident?
  1. How do you calculate an out-of-state high school applicant's GPA? Do you give extra credit for the school’s honors courses?
  1. Does UC round up GPAs? For example, would a 3.35 be considered a 3.4?
  1. How does each campus calculate a C- in a transfer applicant's GPA?
  1. How does UC calculate the GPA with repeated courses?
  1. A student received a D in the second semester of an "a-g" approved course. They repeated the semester at another school and got an A. Will UC count the two successfully completed semesters toward the subject requirement? Which grades will be included in the student's GPA?
  1. If a student who has satisfied all their "a-g" requirements takes an "extra" class and gets a D, will it be used in his GPA calculation?
  1. A student took world history in the summer between ninth and 10th grades. Will the grade they earned in this course be included in the GPA calculation?
  1. Are all grades earned during the summer after ninth grade counted in the eligibility GPA, even for courses taken to replace Ds or Fs in required ninth-grade courses, such as English 9?
  1. If a student made up an "a-g" requirement during the summer after 11th grade, will the grade earned be calculated in the GPA?
  1. Our high school gives only one grade for each class for the school year, as opposed to two semester grades. How will our students' GPAs be calculated by UC?
  1. If a high school student takes a UC-transferable course at a college/university and lists it on their UC application, will the grade earned in the course be included in their GPA, even if it is not listed on their high school transcript?

 

Since AP courses are awarded extra honors points, if a student gets a D in an AP course, does that count as a C?

An honors grade point is not assigned when the grade earned is a D or F. The university awards the bonus grade point for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, UC-approved honors courses, and UC transferable college courses in which a grade of C or higher is earned. 

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Does the university accept academic renewal for transfer students? Is it a good idea to pursue academic renewal, or does it look bad on a UC application? How would UC calculate the student's GPA?

The university does accept academic renewal for transfer students, a process which provides for the removal of previously recorded substandard grades that do not reflect the student's abilities. If another college or university grants academic renewal and the corresponding grade is removed and no units awarded for the course, UC will calculate the GPA only on grades earned in all other UC-transferable courses. In other words, the AR grade is not included in the gpa or unit calculation for transfer admission to UC. The information provided on the UC application must appear exactly as it does on the transcript.

UC considers academic renewal to be a very good idea for students who have a viable reason for using it. On the application, UC expects the student to explain why academic renewal was needed and how the student overcame the difficulties that led to it.

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How does UC calculate grades earned on the trimester system? For example, what if a high school student has a C-plus in the first trimester, a B-minus in the second trimester and a C-minus in the third trimester?

Since UC does not count pluses and minuses in freshman applicants' GPAs, the grade would count as two-thirds C and one-third B. On his or her application, the student should indicate that the school was on a trimester system, and UC will calculate the GPA based on that.

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What courses are used to determine a student's GPA for freshman admission to UC? If a student took geometry and biology in the ninth grade, do they use those grades in calculating their GPA?

UC uses all “a-g” courses taken between the summer following 9th grade through the summer following 11th grade in calculating a student’s GPA.

In calculating the GPA, UC does not include courses taken in the freshman year, regardless of the level of the course.

In addition, UC calculates a weighted GPA limited to 4 years of courses with no more than 2 years of 10th grade courses.

In other words, for a semester calendar, which many U.S. schools use, 8 semesters of honors points with no more than 4 semesters of honors points from courses completed in the 10th grade.

For information on honors courses, visit Doorways.

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How does UC calculate the GPA of a high school applicant who is a California resident?

In calculating the GPA for admission consideration, UC uses all UC-approved “a-g” courses a student took between the summer before 10th grade through the summer following 11th grade. Additionally, UC will grant up to eight semesters (with no more than four semesters coming from 10th grade) of honors weight for grades of C or better in AP, IB, UC-approved Honors Level, and transferable college courses. 

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How do you calculate an out-of-state high school applicant's GPA? Do you give extra credit for the school’s honors courses?

UC calculates an out-of-state applicant’s GPA similarly to how it calculates the GPA of a California resident, with one exception. We use all courses the student took to meet “a-g” requirements from the summer before 10th grade to the summer after 11th grade. In calculating a nonresident's GPA, UC will grant honors weight for AP or IB courses only, but not for school-designated honors courses.

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Does UC round up GPAs? For example, would a 3.35 be considered a 3.4?

No. UC does not round GPAs for freshman or transfer applicants.

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How does each campus calculate a C- in a transfer applicant's GPA?

It depends on the collegiate institution’s grading system and how the grade points are indicated on the transcript. If the grade is a C- but listed as 2.0, it is counted as a C. If the grade is really a C- UC calculates it as 1.7. A C- may be acceptable for general transferability but not for some lower-division major preparation.

For major-specific requirements at each campus, refer to the campus General Catalogs, the major department’s website, and major-specific requirements for California community college transfers are indicated on ASSIST, which may dictate a specific grade required for an individual course.

Also, grades of C- are not eligible for IGETC, a pattern of general education courses for California community college transfers.

(Please note: Pluses and minuses are not calculated into the GPA from high school courses for freshman applicants.)

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How does UC calculate the GPA with repeated courses?

For freshman applicants, if the same (or very similar in content) course in which a D or F grade was originally earned is repeated and a grade of C or better is earned, the original grade will not be included in the GPA calculation. Repetition of a course with an original grade of C or better is disregarded; the original grade is counted when calculating the GPA.

When a student seeks to clear the subject deficiency of a D or F grade through validation, both the original grade and the grade earned in the higher-level course will be used in calculating the GPA. See more information about validation (pdf).

For transfer applicants, only the most recent grade is counted when calculating the GPA; degree credit for the course is given only once. Repetition of a course with an original grade of C or better is disregarded; the original grade is counted when calculating the GPA.

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A student received a D in the second semester of an "a-g" approved course. They repeated the semester at another school and got an A. Will UC count the two successfully completed semesters toward the subject requirement? Which grades will be included in the student's GPA?

If the student has successfully repeated the second semester, they will get credit for both semesters. If they had repeated the same (or very similar in content) course at the original school, the D would will not be used in the GPA calculation. If the student did not repeat the same (or very similar in content) course, the original D will be calculated in their GPA, along with the repeated course grade of A, and the first semester grade in the original course.

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If a student who has satisfied all their "a-g" requirements takes an "extra" class and gets a D, will it be used in his GPA calculation?

Grades in all "a-g" courses, even those that go beyond the number of courses required in each subject area, must be reported on the application and are used in the GPA calculation.

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A student took world history in the summer between ninth and 10th grades. Will the grade they earned in this course be included in the GPA calculation?

Yes. The summer school grade will be calculated in the GPA. The student should list any coursework taken in the summer after ninth grade under 10th-grade coursework on the UC application.

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Are all grades earned during the summer after ninth grade counted in the eligibility GPA, even for courses taken to replace Ds or Fs in required ninth-grade courses, such as English 9?

Yes. The summer grades would still be included in the GPA calculation, just as they would if the student repeated the required ninth-grade course in 10th or 11th grade.

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If a student made up an "a-g" requirement during the summer after 11th grade, will the grade earned be calculated in the GPA?

Yes. The grade will be calculated in the GPA. The student should enter the course under 11th-grade coursework on the application.

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Our high school gives only one grade for each class for the school year, as opposed to two semester grades. How will our students' GPAs be calculated by UC?

On the online UC admission application, the student should select "Full" for Term Type. The GPA will be calculated by adding up the grade points and then dividing by the total number of courses taken. In other words, if the student took five "a-g" courses per year in sophomore and junior years, you would add up the grade points received in each course and then divide by 10, the total number of courses the student took.

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If a high school student takes a UC-transferable course at a college/university and lists it on their UC application, will the grade earned in the course be included in their GPA, even if it is not listed on their high school transcript?

Students must report all enrollment and academic coursework. If the course the student took is in an "a-g" subject area, the grade will be calculated in the GPA, and if the course is transferable, it will earn an extra grade point and college credit. Upon admission to UC, the student will be required to submit an official transcript from the college/university in addition to their high school transcript.

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