Appeals Process

Admission decisions are based on the evaluation of the self-reported data you submitted on your application. If you were not offered admission or if your application was withdrawn because you missed a deadline, you may submit an appeal.

However, unless you have a serious and compelling reason you feel the appeals committee should consider, it is unlikely the committee will reverse the decision.

Students may only submit one appeal per academic term. All decisions made by the appeals committee are final and non-negotiable.

All appeals and official transcripts must be received no later than 15 business days from the date of Admissions decision notification.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s). For more information, please refer to appeal types and supporting documentation below.

Appeal procedure

1. Appeal within 15 business days

All appeals must be received no later than 15 business days from date of Admissions decision notification.

2. Prepare documentation

To have your appeal processed, you must submit a single online appeal containing:

  • Online Admissions Appeal Form accessible via your CSUMB dashboard
  • Letter of appeal outlining any extraordinary circumstances you wish to have considered
  • Documentation to support your appeal. See Appeal Types and Supporting Documentation below for required documents
  • Official transcripts and or test scores must be sent directly from the institution(s).

3. Submit your appeal

Submit appeals electronically via the link on your CSUMB dashboard.

4. Allow time for processing

Appeal decision notifications are issued within 6 weeks of receipt of the appeal.

If your admissions appeal is approved after the housing deadline, there is no guarantee that you will receive a housing assignment. Consider looking for housing off campus. Please visit the CSUMB Housing website for off-campus housing options.

5. Receive final decision by email (check your email!)

Students submitting appeals are notified of the final appeal decision via email.

In preparing your appeal, please understand the following:

  • You may submit one appeal per academic term
  • Appeals must be submitted electronically via your CSUMB dashboard.
  • Appeals submitted after 15 business days from the admissions decision notification date will not be considered
  • Letters of recommendation will not be considered
  • Reporting errors made on the application are not a basis for the reversal of a decision
  • Appeal letters must be submitted by the applicant. Appeal letters written by anyone other than the applicant will not be considered
  • Incomplete packets will not be considered or returned. They will be denied and cannot be resubmitted

Note: Students appealing a residency decision should contact the Office of Admissions at (831) 582-3738. Students appealing based on a disability should contact Student Disability Resources (831) 582-3672.

Questions?

Contact us via email at admissionsappeals@csumb.edu.

Appeal types and supporting documentation

Please ensure that your online appeal packet contains the following documentation along with your appeal form and letter of appeal:

Request to submit late application

Freshmen:

  • Official high school transcript and college transcript (if applicable) issued by the school within the last two weeks.
  • Official enrollment verification of courses enrolled, or grades (if available) for fall and a statement indicating courses that you are enrolled or plan to enroll for spring.
  • Official ACT or SAT Reasoning test scores.

Transfer Students:

  • Official transcripts sent to Cal State Monterey Bay from all colleges/universities attended. Transcripts must be issued within the last two weeks.
  • Official enrollment verification of courses enrolled, or grades (if available) for fall and a statement indicating courses that you are enrolled or plan to enroll for spring.
  • Official Advanced Placement exam scores and International Baccalaureate transcripts if applicable.
  • Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript).

Request to submit late fee

Copy of credit card statement, canceled check front & back or money order receipt that indicates payment to Cal State Monterey Bay was made by the deadline.

Request to submit late transcripts, documents, or test scores

Transcripts, documents or scores and a statement indicating why you were unable to submit them by the deadline.

Request to apply as a lower division transfer student

  • Official high school transcript issued by the school within the past two weeks.
  • Official ACT or SAT Reasoning test scores.
  • Official transcripts sent Cal State Monterey Bay from all colleges/universities attended. Transcripts must be issued within the last two weeks.
  • Official enrollment verification of courses enrolled, or grades (if available) for fall and a statement indicating the courses in which you are enrolled or plan to enroll for spring.
  • Official Advanced Placement exam scores and International Baccalaureate transcripts if applicable.
  • Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript).

Request to submit late enrollment confirmation

Documentation that supports your claim of your inability to submit the online enrollment confirmation deposit by the deadline, see "Request to submit late fee".

Request for re-evaluation of denied admission

Freshmen:

  • Official high school transcript and college transcript (if applicable) provided by the school with grades through fall.
  • Official enrollment verification of courses enrolled, or course grades (if available) for spring.
  • Official ACT or SAT Reasoning test scores.

Transfer Students:

  • Current official transcripts need to be received by CSUMB from all colleges/universities attended, no later than 15 business days from the date of admissions decision notification.
  • Official enrollment verification of courses enrolled, or course grades (if available) for spring.
  • Official Advanced Placement exam scores and International Baccalaureate transcripts if applicable.
  • Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript).

Graduate & Credential Students:

  • Contact your program for appeal information & requirements

Request for reinstatement of admission. Admission was canceled or rescinded

Additional official transcripts or documents that were not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Graduate/Credential appeal procedure

1. Appeal within 15 business days

All appeals must be received not later than 15 business days from the date of Admissions decision notification.

2. Prepare documentation

To have your appeal processed, you must submit the Graduate Admissions Appeal Form on your online application via your CSUMB dashboard. Please contact your program for the Graduate Admissions Appeal Form.

3. Submit your appeal

Submit appeal on your online application via the link on your CSUMB.edu dashboard.

4. Allow time for processing

Your program and the Office of Admissions will review your appeal. Appeal decision notifications are issued within 6 weeks of receipt of appeal. If your admissions appeal is approved after the housing deadline, there is no guarantee that you will receive a housing assignment. Consider looking for housing off-campus. Please visit the CSUMB Housing website for off-campus housing options.

Questions?

Contact us via email at admissionsappeals@csumb.edu.