Statewide Index instructions

These step-by-step instructions will show you how to determine if you’re in the top 9% of California high school graduates. Remember, this is just an estimate and not a guarantee that you will be in the top 9% when you apply to UC.

First, follow these 4 steps to determine your UC GPA

Step 1: Convert your grades to grade points.

Convert the letter 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 point

Please note: pluses and minuses and grades of CR (credit) and P (pass) are not included in the GPA calculation. If you need to see which of your classes count as A-G courses, see your high school’s A-G course list. 

Step 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.
  • Grades of CR (credit) or P (pass) 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.

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

Step 4: Divide your total grade points by the number of letter 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.

Next, tabulate your A-G course totals.

Count every semester of UC-approved A-G coursework completed in 9th-11th grade and in progress or planned for 12th grade. If your school operates on a quarter system, divide the total number of quarter courses by 2 to get a semester count. If your school operates on a trimester system, divide the total number of trimester courses by 1.5 to get your semester total. If your school assigns only one grade for a yearlong course, multiply your yearlong courses by 2 for a semester count. 

Finally, find your GPA and corresponding course totals on the chart below.

You are in the top 9 percent statewide if your total number of A-G courses corresponds with the GPA listed in the index. Note: this is just an estimate. UC will calculate your official UC GPA when you submit your application for admission.


High school GPA

# of A - G Courses

3.60 - 3.64


3.65 - 3.69


3.70 - 3.74


3.75 - 3.79


3.80 - 3.84


3.85 - 3.89


3.90 - 3.94


3.95 - 3.99


4.00 - 4.04


4.05 - 4.09


4.10 - 4.14


4.15 - 4.19


4.20 - 4.24


4.25 or above