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Admission Decision Appeals

We review every application for maximum consideration. For an appeal to have merit, it must contain new, serious and compelling information that clearly shows you to be academically stronger than had been earlier evidenced. Neither grades received in the current academic year nor mistakes made on the application are a basis for an appeal or the reversal of a decision.

Submitting an Undergraduate Appeal

  1. Complete the Admissions Appeal process requesting that we reconsider your application. The entry must come from you (the applicant) and be submitted no later than 15 days after receipt of your original admission decision. You will be required to confirm your request to appeal the decision via email. Appeals submitted via hard-copy letter, email or fax are not acceptable and will not be considered.
  2. Your submission must clearly outline your reasons for appealing the initial decision, and the information you present should be new and compelling. Do not simply repeat information that had already been presented in your application.
  3. You must upload an unofficial transcript as part of your appeal. Transcripts must include all course work and grades completed to date, plus an official listing of the course work in which you are currently enrolled. Transfer applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended, but do not need to submit high school transcripts. First-year applicants must submit transcripts from all high schools attended and, where applicable, from all colleges attended.
  4. If you are a first-year applicant and the basis of your appeal involves an incorrectly reported test score, you should provide documentation (e.g., a revised score report) along with your letter and transcripts. You must also request the revised test scores be sent electronically to Cal Poly from the testing agency.
  5. Letters of recommendation and personal statements or essays are not considered in the admission selection process at Cal Poly and cannot be submitted as part of your appeal. You may not appeal the decision to be placed on Wait List. Only students who have been denied admission may submit an appeal.
  6. Appeals will be reviewed on an individual basis. You can expect to learn the final decision by way of a formal letter sent to your mailing address within three weeks of receipt of the appeal. 

Submitting a Graduate Appeal

  1. Complete the Admissions Appeal process requesting that we reconsider your application. The entry must come from you (the applicant) and be submitted no later than 15 days after receipt of your original admission decision. You will be required to confirm your request to appeal the decision via email. Appeals submitted via hard-copy letter, email or fax are not acceptable and will not be considered.
  2. Your submission must clearly outline your reasons for appealing the initial decision, and the information you present should be new and compelling. Do not simply repeat information that had already been presented in your application.
  3. An unofficial transcript from the institution that granted your bachelor's degree must be uploaded as part of your appeal. Transcripts must include all course work and grades completed to date, plus an official listing of the course work in which you are currently enrolled.
  4. Appeals will be reviewed on an individual basis. You can expect to learn the final decision by way of a formal letter sent to your mailing address within three weeks of receipt of the appeal.

Mailing Address for Supporting Documents

Cal Poly
Transcript Processing
MC 1001
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407