Who may submit a Request for an Admissions Appeal?
We realize you may have erred in completing the application for admission, your information has changed since submitting your application, or we may have erred in processing your application. In addition, we may have rescinded or cancelled our original offer of admission after reviewing your final transcripts and test scores (if required) over the summer. 

We understand you may have an extenuating circumstance that might have prevented you from completing an admissions or enrollment requirement. Hence, we are providing you with an opportunity to appeal. 

Failure to routinely review your myCI student portal, read email messages sent by the University, or adhere to deadlines are not likely to be viewed by the Admissions Appeal Committee as being compelling reasons to grant your appeal.

Who may NOT submit a Request for an Admissions Appeal?
Applicants with a CSU GPA less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale are not eligible to appeal. (For nonresident freshmen, a 2.5 GPA is required.) 

My denial letter says I am “Not CSU Eligible.” What does that mean?
Provisional admission decisions—issued between November and January—are based on an evaluation of the self-reported data you submitted on your application. In other words, the decision to deny you was based on information you provided at time of application. Freshman applicants are expected to: 

  • Have or will have graduated from high school no later than the spring term preceding fall enrollment at CI.
  • Have met the CSU Eligibility Index, which is the combination of your high school GPA (calculated from 10th, 11th, and 12th grade A-G courses) and your test score on either the SAT (critical reading/EBRW + math) or ACT composite score.

    Refer to the CSU Eligibility Index for California residents:
    https://www.calstate.edu/apply/eligibility-index

    Refer to the CSU Eligibility Index for out-of-state applicants: 
    https://www.calstate.edu/apply/eligibility-index
  • Have or will have completed 15 year-long college preparatory courses (“a-g”) with a grade of C- or better upon graduation from high school:
SubjectYears Required
a. U.S. History and Social Science (must include 1 year of U.S. history OR 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of American government, AND 1 year of history/social science from either the “a” or “g” subject area)2
b. English: 4 years of college prep English composition/literature (including no more than 1 year of Advanced ESL/ELD)4
c. Mathematics (minimum of algebra 1, geometry, and algebra II OR integrated math sequences3
d. Laboratory Science: 1 year physical and 1 year biological2
e. Language Other Than English (LOTE): 2 years of the same language2
f. Visual and Performing Arts: one year or two-one semester courses in the same disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, Drama, and Visual Arts (e.g., painting, web/graphics, design, film/video, inter/multimedia arts)1
g. College Prep Electives (chosen from the “a-g” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements of the “a-g” subjects, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.1

For additional guidance on what qualifies as approved “a-g” coursework, visit https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist#/list/search/institution.

How do I file a Request for an Admissions Appeal?

  • A Request for an Admissions Appeal must be received by the Admissions Office within 15-business days of the date on the Denial Letter.
    • We are unable to respond to inquiries by phone or email; you must submit a Request for an Admissions Appeal in order for us to properly review your admissibility.

    • You are provided with only one opportunity to appeal per academic term, so please read and comply with all instructions in the Freshman Admissions Appeal Form. (PDF, 119 KB)
  • Incomplete packets will NOT be considered or returned; they will be denied and cannot be resubmitted. All decisions by the Appeals Committee are final and non-negotiable.
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