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Appeal Procedures for Applicants Denied Admission to California State University, San Bernardino

What is an Admission Appeal?

Initial review of applicants are based on self-reported information provided during the application process. In many circumstances, this information may be incomplete or incorrect. Or, educational plans may change during the admission process. For these reasons, students may be denied admission even though they are on track to be completely eligible.

The Admission Appeal process is a chance for students to request a revaluation of their admission criteria because they believe they meet all requirements. Submitting an Admission Appeal includes the Appeal form, official transcripts and documentation of admission requirements in order to determine eligibility. Through the Appeal process, it becomes the student’s responsibility to demonstrate they have or will complete all admission requirements prior to entry to CSUSB.

Who can Appeal? Undergraduate Students only

Only Undergraduate Students who are denied admission to California State University San Bernardino based on their admission criteria have the right to appeal that decision. Cancelation of your application due to missing deadlines is not appealable. CSUSB is an impacted campus and all deadlines are strictly enforced at CSUSB.

Graduate, International and College of Extended and Global Education, Professional and Continuing Education (including all fully on-line programs) students are not eligible to use this Appeal form. Please contact the appropriate admissions office if you have concerns or questions about your admission decision.

International AdmissionsGraduate AdmissionsProfessional and Extended Ed.

Why was I denied? Admission Criteria

Undergraduate students who are denied admission to California State University San Bernardino based on their admission criteria have the right to appeal that decision . All applications are thoroughly reviewed before an admission decision is made. Applicants are denied admission solely on the basis of their failure to meet admission requirements.

First-Year Student Admission RequirementsTransfer Admission Requirements

CSUSB is an impacted campus. Out of local area or specific major admissions criteria may apply. 

First-Year Impacation CriteriaTransfer Impaction Criteria

Before reviewing the criteria for appeal below, please consider the following steps to strengthen your academic profile as it relates to the reason for denial as listed in your letter.

  • Contact your high school counselor to see if you can repeat any college preparatory courses that you may have received a grade lower than a “C” in. This can also raise your GPA.
  • If you are missing courses altogether, you may be able to take an equivalent course at the local community college. Remember, one semester at the community college is usually worth one year from high school.
  • If you are a military veteran, CSUSB may be able to help.  We are a veteran friendly campus. Please contact the admissions office for further information about admission criteria and application deadlines.
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a need based admission and retention program that also helps students who do not meet all of the admission criteria. If you meet the income guidelines for EOP and are admitted to their program, you will be admitted to Cal State San Bernardino.
  • Contact the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment to schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor at (909) 537-5188. Some questions may be answered over the phone by an admissions counselor.

Admission Appeal Criteria

Applicants who are denied admission to CSU San Bernardino may submit the Admission Appeal Request form no more than 15 business days after the date the applicant was notified by email of their denial by the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment. Depending on space, late Appeals my be automatically denied. 

Applicants are limited to one Admission Appeal Request per semester. Appeals will be reviewed and responded to as space becomes available for that term. 

Appeals must be based on one of the following criteria.

  1. Credit not considered during the initial review of the application
  2. Miscalculation of transferable college credit
  3. Applied to an impacted major and wish to be reconsidered for another major
  4. Special/extenuating circumstances

Through the Appeal process, it becomes the student’s responsibility to demonstrate they have or will complete all admission requirements prior to entry to CSUSB. Supporting documentation that proves your admission eligibility must be on file with the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment prior to the submission of the Admission Appeal Request.

Incomplete Appeals will automatically be denied. Only complete appeals with all required documentation will be reviewed.

Additional documentation needed to support your appeal (e.g., transcripts, test scores, etc.) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment prior to the submission of the Admission Appeal Request. For more information about submitting documents please visit our web site. 

A complete list of possible required documentation can be found in the Appeal Documentation List below.

Appeal Reason: Credit Not Considered

First-Year Students:

  1. Official high school transcripts reflecting the most current courses completed not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  2. Enrollment verification of current course work not reflected on transcripts (including progress report of in progress grades if available).
  3. Official Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores and International Baccalaureate test scores if applicable that have not been previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  4. Residency documentation if applicable.

Transfer Students:

  1. Official transcripts from every institution attended regardless of relevance the courses taken may have to the major applying to at CSUSB. Transcripts must reflect most current courses completed not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  2. Enrollment verification of current course work not reflected on transcripts (including progress report of in progress grades if available). Must indicate courses enrolled in or planned to enroll in through Summer term prior to attending CSUSB.
  3. Official Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores and International Baccalaureate test scores if applicable that have not been previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  4. Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript) not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  5. Residency documentation if applicable.
Appeal Reason: Miscalculation of Transferable College Credit
  1. General Education Certification of disputed transfer credit awarded by a recognized, regionally accredited College/University if applicable.
  2. Official transcripts from every institution attended regardless of relevance the courses taken may have to the major applying to at CSUSB. Transcripts must reflect most current courses completed not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
Appeal Reason: Applied to an Impacted Major

First-Year Students:

  1. Official high school transcripts reflecting the most current courses completed not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  2. Enrollment verification of current course work not reflected on transcripts (including progress report of in progress grades if available).
  3. Official Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores and International Baccalaureate test scores if applicable that have not been previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  4. Residency documentation if applicable.

Transfer Students:

  1. Official transcripts from every institution attended regardless of relevance the courses taken may have to the major applying to at CSUSB. Transcripts must reflect most current courses completed not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  2. Enrollment verification of current course work not reflected on transcripts (including progress report of in progress grades if available). Must indicate courses enrolled in or planned to enroll in through Summer term prior to attending CSUSB.
  3. Official Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores and International Baccalaureate test scores if applicable that have not been previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  4. Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript) not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  5. Residency documentation if applicable.
Appeal Reason: Special Extenuating Circumstances

First-Year Students:

  1. Documentation to support claims. For example: medical documentation, military orders, testimonials or letters of recommendation from academic professionals.
  2. Official high school transcripts reflecting the most current courses completed not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.

Transfer Students:

  1. Documentation to support claims. For example: medical documentation, military orders, testimonials or letters of recommendation from academic professionals.
  2. Official transcripts from every institution attended regardless of relevance the courses taken may have to the major applying to at CSUSB. Transcripts must reflect most current courses completed not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.

Submit Online Appeal

Please note: The university reserves the right and retains sole discretion to select its students and/or deny admission to the university. Admission exceptions are determined based on the applicant's suitability and the best interest of the university.

Submit Online Appeal (Fall 2021/Spring 2022)