Appeal of Denial of Admission

Appeal of Denial of Admission Submission Information

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 web site. 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 web site: admissions.ucsc.edu/apply/appeals.html. An Appeal of Admission Cancellation will not be considered if submitted through this web site.) For general information about appeals, visit the Admissions web site at: admissions.ucsc.edu/apply/appeals.html.

First-year Applicants

A first-year (freshman) applicant may appeal admission denial no later than March 31, 2017. The appeal must be submitted via this web site no later than 11:59:59 p.m. (PDT) on 3/31/17. Appeals submitted by any other method than through this web site will not be considered.

An appeal must include the reason(s) for the appeal and a short written narrative supporting the request for reconsideration. Students must indicate all coursework currently in progress. Students must upload a copy of their high school transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable) that includes their fall 2017 grades. For students who have also completed college coursework, a copy of the collegiate record(s) must also be uploaded (unofficial copies are also acceptable). A single letter of recommendation (not required), from a source who can speak to the student's potential for academic success, may be included as part of the appeal.

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.

Appeals that are submitted by the deadline will receive an e-mail response to their appeal no later than April 21, 2017.

Transfer Applicants

A transfer applicant may appeal admission denial no later than two weeks from the denial of their admission as posted in the MyUCSC portal (my.ucsc.edu), but no later than October 13, 2017. The appeal must be submitted via this web site. Appeals submitted by any other method than through this web site will not be considered.

An appeal must include the reason(s) for the appeal and a short written narrative supporting the request for reconsideration. Students must indicate all coursework currently in progress. Students must upload transcripts from any collegiate institutions in which the student has been registered/enrolled (unofficial copies are acceptable). A single letter of recommendation (not required), from a source who can speak to the student's potential for academic success, may be included as part of the appeal.

Appeals that are submitted within by October 13, 2017 will receive an e-mail response to their appeal no later than October 25, 2017.

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