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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.

Postmark Deadlines for Appeals

  • Freshman applicants: April 15, 2019
  • Transfer applicants: June 15, 2019

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. 
  • 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) in the same envelope as your letter of appeal.

Optional Items That May be Included

  • Copies of all high school and college transcripts (strongly recommended).
  • Letters of recommendation (maximum two). They must be included in the original appeal packet.

Important Notes

  • All materials must be received in the same packet, including supporting letters of recommendation. Plan accordingly as materials received after the deadline or separately will not be considered.  
  • Appeals received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Email or fax submissions will not be reviewed.

Submitting an Appeal

All documents must arrive in a single envelope by the postmark deadlines to:

Admission Review Committee
1210 Cheadle Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2014

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.