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What If I Don't Qualify?

Students who do not qualify for admission to California State University San Bernardino have the right to appeal that decision within 15 days of reciept of the email communicating the denied admission.  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.

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.
  • Take the SAT or ACT again. The CSU will take the highest score from each sitting of the test to raise your total score.
    • Example: If you took the SAT in October and scored a 460 on the critical reading portion and 530 on the math portion for a total of 990 and then took the SAT again in March and scored a 500 on the critical reading portion and 510 on the math portion for a total of 1010, the CSU would combine the highest scores from each sitting of the test to give you a total score of 1030.
  • 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. Pease 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.

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

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 requirements

Transfer admission requirements

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

Applicants are limited to one Admission Appeal Request per quarter. Appeals will be reviewed and responded to within 15 business days after the Appeal Request Form has been received by the office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.

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

Supporting documentation 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. Documents may be mailed to:

CSUSBOffice of Admissions & Student Recruitment5500 University ParkwaySan Bernardino, CA 92407

Or submitted in person to our office at the San Bernardino campus in University Hall room 107.

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 ACT or SAT test scores not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ACT or SAT test scores not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 supports 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 supports 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

Click on the appropriate button below to begin your 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.

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