For an appeal of your admission decision to have merit, it must bring to light new information that was not present in your application—information that clearly shows your application 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 one week after decisions are posted. To appeal your decision, click the “Appeal” tab to submit your appeal letter and any supporting documents. 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.

Decisions will be posted in the portal. 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.


Priority Deadlines for Appeals

  • Freshman applicants: Appeals are closed.
  • Transfer applicants: Appeals are closed.

Appeal Process Overview

Watch this 4-minute Appeal Process overview video to learn more about appeals at UCSB.

Items That Must Be Included

  • A letter written by you (the student) (including your full legal name and UCSB Perm number) requesting that we reconsider your application and presenting new information not present in your original application. Appeals received from parents, counselors, or other supporters will not be considered (though letters of recommendation from counselors can be submitted, see "Optional Items That May Be Included"). Copy and paste your appeal letter into the submission box on the “Appeal” section of the portal. There is a 4,500 character limit.
  • The letter must state your reasons for appealing the initial decision. The letter should provide new information and not simply repeat information that was presented in your 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. 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").

Next Steps

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 Eligibility and Selection and Transfer Eligibility and Selection pages.

If you are still interested in attending UCSB, the Office of Admissions staff will be pleased to assist you 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.