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GPA Calculator
At this site you will be able to enter in the number os A's, B's, C's and D's you have earned to find out your GPA (grade point average. 

The SAT is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. It asseses how well you analyze and solve problems. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.

The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. The University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) accept the ACT in place of the SAT Reasoning. Certain colleges, especially those in the Midwest, require the ACT.

CSU Mentor
Click here to start updating your information for the California State Universities.

Cal State University (CSU)

Thinking about maybe one day attending a CSU?  Your first step is to go to and register yourself.  Here you can find out which campus is right for you, keep track of your courses, learn about financial aid options and even apply online! 

Step 2 Make sure you are taking the correct courses that make you eligible for a CSU.  Below are courses that are required in each subject area (i.e. Math, History) in order to make your eligible for a CSU.

High School Subject Requirements

The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or higher is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.


AREA .................................SUBJECT YEARS
a. History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government and 1 year of social science) 2
b. English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature) 4
c. Math (4 years is recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year) 3
d. Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science) 2
e. Language Other than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable - See below about a possible waiver of this requirement) 2
f. Visual and Performing Arts (dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art) 1
g. College Preparatory Elective (additional year chosen from the A-G list) 1
  Total Required Courses: 15


Step 3   Go to the GPA Calculator at the bottom for the page and enter in the number of A's, B's, C's and D's you have earned in your sophomore, junior and senior year.  The calculator will then give you your GPA (grade point average).  You can then use your grade point average in Step 4.


Step 4  Now that you have calculated your GPA, you can continue on to find out exactly how eligible you are!  On this step you will use either your SAT or ACT scores to find out if you need to bump up the GPA, the test scores, or both! 

Calculate Your Eligibility Index

Once you calculate your grade point average, you can use this formula to see if your grade point average and test scores meet the minimum required eligibility index.

  • California residents must have a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using SAT scores or 694 using ACT scores. (The SAT score component for CSU is the sum of the mathematics and critical reading scores. Neither ACT nor SAT writing scores are included in the calculation of the CSU Eligibility Index.)
  • California nonresidents or nongraduates of California high schools must have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 using SAT scores or 842 using ACT scores.

If you apply for admission before you graduate from high school, you should compute your GPA using grades earned in a-g courses completed after the 9th grade. Do not include grades you expect to earn in courses in which you have not completed.

  • If you are a California high school graduate (or a resident of California for tuition purposes), you need a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.
  • Nonresidents of California are required to have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT).

Step 5  You have your GPA.  You have your test score index.   Check out the table at the CSUMentor link below and match the GPA with the test score.  For example:

If you have a GPA of 2.5, you need a MINIMUM ACT score of 20, and a MINIMUM SAT score of 900. 

But, if you have a GPA of 2.99, you only need a MINIMUM ACT score of 10, and a MINIMUM SAT score of 510.

Go back to CSU Mentor, enter in everything you found and keep searching for information! 

Have questions?  Come visit your counselor for more information!