Appealing Admission Decisions

Cal Poly does not set aside spaces for students who appeal admission decisions. Every denied application has been carefully reviewed. Therefore, for an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new academic information as well as information pertaining to extenuating circumstances that was not present in the application information that clearly shows the student to be stronger than had been earlier evidenced. Neither grades received in the current academic year nor mistakes made by the applicant on the application are a basis for an appeal or the reversal of a decision.

Submitting an Appeal

  1. Send us a formal letter requesting that we reconsider your application. The letter must come from you (the applicant) and be postmarked no later than 15 days after receipt of your original admission decision. Note: letters submitted via email or fax are not acceptable and will not be considered. Be sure to identify the graduate program you applied to and your student identification number.
  2. Your letter must clearly outline your reasons for appealing the initial decision. The information you present should be new and compelling. Your letter should not simply repeat information that had already been presented in your application.
  3. Official GRE scores should be sent directly to Cal Poly Admissions and can provide a basis for consideration beyond your undergraduate GPA scores.
  4. Letters of recommendation and personal statements or essays cannot be submitted as part of your appeal.

It is our usual practice to respond to appeals within 30 business days of the date we receive them. While all appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the rate of a decision being reversed based upon an appeal has historically been very low. All appeal decisions are considered final.

All Appeals Should Be Addressed To:

Cal Poly State University
Graduate Education Office
1 Grand Avenue.
Building 52-E47
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 U.S.A.
Attn: Admission Appeal

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