Statewide guarantee

If you're in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates and aren't admitted to any of the UC campuses you apply to, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if space is available. We use a formula — called an admissions index — to determine if you fall in that group.

How will I know if I'm in the top 9%?

You can find out if you’re in the top 9% of California high school graduates by using your UC grade point average (GPA) – which you can determine in the instructions below – and your exam scores. We convert your exam scores to a UC score, and then figure out if you’re in the top 9% using a formula (if you want to learn more about how we calculate the UC score and the top 9%, see our admissions index instructions).

Remember, this is just an estimate, which means that it does not guarantee that you’ll be in the top 9% when you apply.

How to calculate your UC GPA

1. Convert your grades to grade points.

Convert the grades earned in all A-G courses completed between summer after 9th grade through summer after 11th grade to grade points: A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=1 points. (Pluses and minuses don't count.) If you need to see which of your classes count as A-G courses, see your high school’s A-G course list.

2. Give yourself an extra point for each semester of a UC honors-level course, with a maximum of 8 points between 10th and 11th grades.

  • For 10th grade, you cannot use more than 4 honors points.
  • Grades of D or F in an honors course do not earn an extra point.
  • Classes taken during the summer after 9th grade count as 10th grade; classes in summer after 10th grade count as 10th grade; classes in summer after 11th grade count as 11th grade.
  • Honors courses are Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate Higher Level and designated Standard Level courses, UC-transferable college courses and UC-certified honors courses that appear on your school's course list.

3. Add up all the points to find out your total grade points.

4. Divide your total grade points by the number of grades earned in courses taken between the summer after 9th grade though summer after 11th grade.

This is your UC GPA (for example: 3.57). Do not round up or down.