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Learn about our different appeals scenarios.

Not being offered admission to UCI isn’t the end of the road!

There is an opportunity to appeal our admissions decision.

We believe in second chances.

Each year, many applicants are not offered admission. If you either have been denied admission to UCI or need an extension on a deadline to apply, you can request an appeal.

Here are the different appeal scenarios.

  • Appeal to Closure

    If you did not submit your application for next fall’s enrollment to us during the normal filing period of November 1–30, you need to explain in this appeal why you missed the filing deadline and why our admissions staff should review your late application. If you are a current UC applicant who added UCI as a campus choice after November 30, this appeal also applies. Submission of this appeal does not guarantee your admission to UCI.

  • Appeal to Selection Decision

    If you want the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools to reevaluate its decision of your application, you need to submit new and compelling evidence not previously included on your initial application. Submission of this appeal does not mean admission will be granted.

  • Appeal to Late Statement of Intent to Register

    If you are a freshman or transfer applicant and you wish to file a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UCI after your respective May 1 or June 1 deadline has passed, you must provide solid reasoning in this appeal to the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools as to why you should be allowed to submit a late SIR after the publicized deadline.
  • Appeal to Admissions Offer Withdrawn

    If the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools has formally withdrawn your offer of admission to UCI, you have two weeks from your notification of our decision to submit this appeal. As part of the appeal, you must provide evidence that would cause us to reconsider our decision.
  • An Appeal to Closure must include the following:

    1. Appeal Cover Sheet (download and print: MS Word or PDF)
    2. Letter of appeal clearly stating new or compelling reason for appeal consideration, written and signed by the applicant
    3. Closure Appeal Information Sheet (download and print: MS Word or PDF); for a list of available majors, click here.
    4. Recent transcript
    5. Other additional documentation
    6. Letters of recommendation are NOT REQUIRED unless requested by our staff to support appeal information; if recommendations or additional information are needed, our staff will request them from you

    Once our office receives your appeal, you should receive written/electronic notification regarding your status within four to six weeks.

  • Please be advised that if the applicant is admitted via appeal after orientation/advising programs have occurred, arrangements will be made to attend the programs at a later date. A further consideration is that once the initial SIR deadline (May 1 for freshman applicants; June 1 for transfer applicants) has passed, on-campus housing is no longer guaranteed for applicants accepting an admission offer after those dates.

    PLEASE NOTE: It is very important all materials sent for review are sent at one time in one package. Due to the amount of paperwork received by the office and also the ongoing appeal review process, any paperwork submitted separately WILL NOT be merged with the original appeal for review.

    Freshmen Selection Appeal

    Submit the following items in ONE package postmarked by April 15 and include student name and Application ID number on each sheet of materials submitted:

    1. Appeal Cover Sheet (download and print: MS Word or PDF)
    2. Letter of appeal clearly stating new and compelling information for appeal consideration, written and signed by the applicant
    3. High school transcript from most recent term; please note the transcript must have course information and grades from fall semester of your senior year and any additional semesters available at the time of appeal; an official transcript in the school's sealed envelope is preferred
    4. Other additional documentation
    5. Letters of recommendation are NOT REQUIRED unless requested by our staff to support appeal information
    Transfer Selection Appeals

    Submit the following items in ONE package postmarked by May 15 (or two weeks after official deadline) and include student name and Application ID number on each sheet of materials submitted:

    1. Appeal Cover Sheet (download and print: MS Word or PDF)
    2. Letter of appeal clearly stating new and compelling information for appeal consideration, written and signed by the applicant
    3. College transcript through most recent term for college(s) currently attending; updated list of courses in progress for the current term, if applicable
    4. Applicable documentation: please note that the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools may request additional documentation from an applicant, as needed
    5. Letters of recommendation are NOT REQUIRED unless requested by our staff to support appeal information

    Applicants will receive communication via their e-mail to check their MyAdmission portal for admissions status when an appeal decision has been made. The majority of reviews will be completed by late July/early August and no faxes, e-mails or incomplete packets will be considered.

  • Freshman Late SIR Appeals

    Submit the following items in ONE package no later than May 15 and include student name and Application ID number on each sheet of materials submitted.

    1. Appeal Cover Sheet (download and print: MS Word or PDF)
    2. Letter of appeal clearly stating new and compelling information for appeal consideration, written and signed by the applicant
    3. Official and final high school transcript and any applicable official college transcripts from appropriate terms in the respective school's sealed envelope; please note the transcript must have course information, final grades senior year and graduation date
    4. Applicable documentation to support case
    5. Letters of recommendation are NOT REQUIRED unless requested by our staff to support appeal information
    6. Check for $100.00 SIR fee payable to "UC Regents"
    Transfer Late SIR Appeals

    Submit the following items in ONE package no later than June 15 (or two weeks after official deadline) and include student name and Application ID number on each sheet of materials submitted.

    1. Appeal Cover Sheet (download and print: MS Word or PDF)
    2. Letter of appeal clearly stating new and compelling information for appeal consideration, written and signed by the applicant
    3. All official and final college transcript(s) for appropriate terms attended in the respective schools' sealed envelopes; updated list of courses in progress for the current term, if applicable
    4. Applicable documentation to support case
    5. Letters of recommendation are NOT REQUIRED unless requested by our staff to support appeal information
    6. Check for $100.00 SIR fee payable to "UC Regents"

    Applicants will receive communication via their e-mail to check their MyAdmission portal for admissions status when an appeal decision has been made. Reviews will be completed within four to six week and no faxes, e-mails or incomplete packets will be considered.

  • Appeals to admissions offer withdrawn must include the following:

    1. Appeal Cover Sheet (download and print: MS Word or PDF)
    2. Letter of appeal clearly stating new and compelling information for appeal consideration, written and signed by the applicant
    3. School transcript through most recent term for school(s) currently attending; updated list of courses in progress for the current term, if applicable
    4. Applicable documentation – please note that the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools may request additional documentation from an applicant, as needed
    5. Letters of recommendation are NOT REQUIRED or ACCEPTED unless requested by our staff to support appeal information

    Applicants will receive communication via their e-mail to check their MyAdmission portal for admissions status when an appeal decision has been made. Reviews will be completed within four to six weeks and no faxes, e-mails or incomplete packets will be considered.

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