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Appeal Process

For an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new information that was not present in the application—information that clearly shows the student to be stronger overall than had been earlier evidenced. Historically, we have admitted very few students on appeal. Appeals received that do not follow the process outlined below will not be considered, so please read the information carefully.

How to Appeal

If you are eligible to appeal, the “Appeal” tab will appear at the top of your UCSB Applicant Portal. To appeal your decision, click the “Appeal” tab to submit your appeal letter and any supporting documents. Once your appeal has been submitted, no edits or additions can be made.

Deadlines for Appeals

  • Freshman applicants: March 24 - April 15, 2020
  • Transfer applicants: April 29 - June 15, 2020

Items That Must Be Included

  • A letter written by the student (including the student's full legal name and UCSB Perm number) requesting that we reconsider your application. Appeals received from parents, counselors or other supporters will not be considered. Copy and paste your appeal letter into submission box on the “Appeal” section of the portal. There is a 5,000 character limit.
  • The letter must state the applicant’s reasons for appealing the initial decision. The letter should not simply repeat information that was presented in the application.
  • If the basis for the appeal is a changed grade or an incorrectly reported test score, please provide documentation (such as a transcript or a revised score report) by uploading a PDF to the portal. 

Optional Items That May be Included

  • Copies of all high school and college transcripts formatted into one single PDF (strongly recommended).
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (maximum two). They must be uploaded as a PDF in the portal.
  • Copies of all high school and college transcripts formatted into one single PDF (strongly recommended).
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (maximum two). They must be uploaded as a PDF in the portal. If your school has a policy against providing letters directly to the student, Counselor/Teacher recommendations can be emailed to:  Please ask your recommender to list your last name and 7-digit perm number in the subject line of the email ("Smith 0123456 Appeal Letter")

Important Notes

  • Appeal submission is closed once you click “Submit Appeal” in the portal. A pop-up will appear stating that you cannot update or edit your appeal letter or documentation after submitting. Plan accordingly as materials received after the deadline or separately will not be considered.  
  • Email, mail or fax submissions will not be reviewed.

Submitting an Appeal

The appeal must be submitted via the “Appeal” tab in the portal by the deadline. Decisions will be posted in the portal and students will be notified by U.S. mail. A final appeal decision for freshman applicants may not be posted until late June. A final appeal decision for transfer applicants may not be posted until late August.

We regret that we are unable to offer admission to all qualified applicants. UCSB does not set aside space in our class for students who appeal admission decisions. Every application has gone through extensive reviews. For more information on the selection process, please visit our Freshman Selection Criteria and Transfer Eligibility and Selection pages.

If an applicant remains interested in attending UCSB, the Office of Admissions staff will be pleased to assist them in planning for admission to a future term or as a transfer student. We offer a variety of services throughout the year for students planning to transfer. We appreciate your interest in UC Santa Barbara.


Appeal Process Webinar

Watch this brief tutorial explaining the appeal process at UCSB.