The Appeal of Denial of Admission is not an alternate method for admission; on the contrary, the appeals process operates within the same selection criteria, including Admission by Exception, determined by the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid for the given year.

UC Santa Cruz will only consider appeals from applicants with new and compelling information that was not included in their original application, and only one appeal will be considered. An appeal submitted by a person other than the applicant will not be considered. UC Santa Cruz will only accept Appeals of Denial of Admission submitted through this website . Appeals to be considered for the UC Santa Cruz waitlist will not be considered. (Please note: If you are appealing the cancellation of your admission, follow the instructions noted on the Admissions website. An Appeal of Admission Cancellation will not be considered if submitted through this website.) For general information about appeals, visit the Admissions website.

First-year Applicants

A first-year (freshman) applicant may appeal admission denial no later than March 31, 2021.

Appeal Content: The student must include a statement with the following information. If any of this information is missing, the appeal is not complete and will not be considered.

  • Reasons for the request for reconsideration. Applicants must present new and compelling information that was not contained in the original application.

  • List all in-progress coursework

  • High school transcript(s) that includes the fall grades (unofficial copies are acceptable).

  • College transcript(s), if student has completed college coursework (unofficial copies are acceptable).

If there is nothing new or compelling, an appeal may not be appropriate. If your senior year grades have gone down, or if you have already earned a grade of D or F in any 'a-g' course in your senior year, an appeal will not be granted.

On-time appeals will receive an email response to their appeal no later than April 20, 2021.

Transfer Applicants

A transfer applicant may appeal admission denial two weeks from the denial of their admission as posted in the MyUCSC portal (my.ucsc.edu).

Appeal Content: The student must include a statement with the following information. If any of this information is missing, the appeal is not complete and will not be considered.

  • Reasons for the appeal. Applicants must present new and compelling information that was not contained in the original application.

  • List all coursework currently in progress and planned.

  • Transcripts from any collegiate institutions in which the student has been registered/enrolled including fall and winter grades (if enrolled) (unofficial copies are acceptable).

On-time appeals will receive an email response within 21 calendar days.

Submit Appeal

Note it may take up to 2 business days after a change in status for this form to become available.
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