Appealing UC admissions decisions

April 11, 2007 at 2:41 am 2 comments

Posted by Dee

Denied admission to a UC you really wanted to attend? You may be able to appeal the decision. Know that each UC campus deals with appeals for admissions decisions separately and they each differ in their policies. Below is a breakdown for each campus based on the information I could find about their appeals process; I regret if some of the information in terms of deadlines is now obselete!

UC Berkeley: No information about the appeals process on their website that I could find.

UC Los Angeles: Basically UCLA says that you can appeal if you “bring to light new academic and personal information… that was not present in the application” and that high senior year grades are not a basis for appealing. You’d need to send a letter requesting your application to be reconsidered; this should be postmarked April 16, 2007. The letter needs to explain reasons for appealing the decision, including “new and compelling” information that doesn’t repeat what’s already in your app. Also, you can include up to two letters of recommendation with your appeal. The appeals should be addressed as follows:

Attn: Appeals Committee
UCLA Undergraduate Admissions Office
and Relations with Schools
1147 Murphy Hall, Box 951436
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1436Click here for more information.

UC San Diego: Sorry, couldn’t find any info online about appeals.

UC Davis: Again, your appeal letter should describe “information not included in your original application,” like changes in personal circumstances and its affect on your academic performance or errors in your application. They ask you to include all your senior year courses and/or grades along with your appeal letter as well, and it should be received by April 13, 2007, addressed to:

ATTN: Freshman Appeals, Fall 2007
UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-8507Click here for the website with this, and more, information; scroll towards the bottom of the page.

UC Merced: I couldn’t find any information online for any appeals process they may have.

UC Irvine: In one package postmarked by April 13, 2007, with your name and Application ID number, submit an appeal cover letter that can be downloaded from the UCI site, a letter of appeal, transcript, and any letters of recommendation you want to include. And send it to:

Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-1075
Attn: Appeals CommitteeUC Riverside: Here they refer to a “deferral decision.” I’m not sure exactly how this is similar or different to a denial of admission, but again, they want “new and compelling information that demonstrates that you are now eligible to attend the University.” You need to write an appeal and attach transcripts and any other supporting documents and mail them to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Attention: Decision Appeal
1120 Hinderaker Hall
Riverside, CA 92521They didn’t give any deadlines for that as far as I can see. Here is the website.

UC Santa Barbara: To submit an appeal send a letter requesting a reconsideration of your application postmarked April 15, 2007 at the latest, a letter with your reasons for appealing (which they say should be either a changed grade or an incorrectly reported test score), documentation (like a transcript or score sheet) proving those changes, your transcripts, and up to two letters of recommendation. Send them in a single envelope to:

Admission Review Committee
1210 Cheadle Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2014Click here for their website with this information on their appeals process.

UC Santa Cruz: UCSC specifies that if there is nothing “new or compelling” in your appeal or if your senior year grades have gone down then an appeal is not appropriate. Otherwise, send your appeal letter with your most recent transcript and at most one letter of recommentation postmarked by April 4, 2007 to:

Kevin M. Browne, Executive Director of Admissions and University Registrar
Office of Admissions – Hahn
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
ATTN: AppealsClick here for their website with more info.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Uncle Su  |  May 2, 2007 at 10:30 am

    From UC Berkeley:

    Can I appeal my admission decision?

    We strongly discourage letters of appeal unless you can provide significant new information for us to consider. Our transfer selection process involves a careful review and it is very unlikely that we will choose to reverse our original decision. If you do have significant new information to present and decide to appeal our admission decision, please submit your request in writing, postmarked by May 15, 2007. Include your UC application ID number in your letter and submit it with all accompanying materials in a single envelope. We do not accept appeals by telephone, fax or e-mail. Log onto myBerkeleyApplication for your appeal decision. Decisions on appeals may not be issued until after June 15, 2007. Advise us of any change in your e-mail address in case we need to contact you during the appeal process. Even if you choose to appeal, we recommend that you do not delay accepting an admission offer from another college or university.

    Mailing Address:
    Transfer Appeals Committee
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    University of California, Berkeley
    110 Sproul Hall #5800
    Berkeley, CA 94720-5800

  • 2. Sia  |  April 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I am a PhD applicant for UC Berkeley, but it is 8th April and I did not receive my admission letter so that I will be able to inform university about my positive decision on my offer.

    Would you please help me in this case?



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