University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 8
Average High School Grade Point Average (GPA) of Entering UC Freshmen, Fall 2000 to 2009

Data visualization. please download the source data for accessible information.

For admissions purposes, the University computes two different high school GPAs - weighted and unweighted. Using both GPAs provides a richer understanding of how students challenged themselves as well as a measure of their performance in honors courses.

The weighted GPA accounts extra credit for succeeding in difficult courses, such as those in the College Board's Advanced Placement programs. An A in one of these UC-approved honors courses receives 5 points, a B receives 4 points, etc.

In making admissions decisions, some campuses also consider the unweighted GPA. This reflects grades earned in college preparatory courses without any additional bonus points and is calculated on a 4-point scale with an A receiving 4 grade points, a B receiving 3 grade points, etc.

Source: UCOP StatFinder. Additional information can be found at:

You may view or download a table of the raw data used to generate these charts in CSV files, which can be opened in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.