Admission Appeals

Cal State Fullerton is impacted at both the first-time freshman and upper division transfer levels, which means that we don't have the capacity to accommodate all eligible applicants. Our process is also deadline-driven and we do hold applicants to our stated deadlines. If you were not offered admission, or if your application was withdrawn because you missed a deadline, it is unlikely that our decision will be reversed on appeal. However, if you wish to submit an appeal, please read the following instructions completely, download the Appeal Cover Sheet form and complete as directed.

You must adhere to all admission deadlines while waiting for a decision on your appeal.  Only one appeal per application term will be considered. An incomplete packet will not be considered and may be immediately denied.

An appeal, written by the student, must contain the following:

  • The completion of the Appeal Cover Sheet
  • A personal statement (from the student) explaining the reason for the appeal
  • Documentation supporting the appeal

Documentation must include verifiable evidence supporting the justification for the appeal (i.e. proof that a deadline was met, a requirement was met or is in progress). Documentation should be submitted to support any claims made in a student’s personal statement regarding hardship, illness, or other extenuating circumstances. If further follow-up is required, the student will be contacted via email.  All documentation will be treated in a confidential/professional manner. A personal statement does not constitute documentation.

Failure to routinely review your "Student Center," read email messages sent by the University, or adhere to deadlines are not grounds for an appeal.

All appeals must be received by CSUF within one month of the date on the "missed deadline" or "deny"  communication from the Office of Admissions. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee your decision will be reversed, we strongly encourage you to pursue other higher education options.

Type of appeals that may be considered are the following:

Missed Deadline Appeal

  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official College Transcript(s)
  • Acceptance of Offer/Enrollment Deposit

Admissions Decision Appeal

  • Freshman Missing "A-G" College Prep Course
  • Transfer "Golden 4" Requirement
  • Cumulative Transfer GPA
  • Less than 60 Semester/90 Quarter Transferrable Units
  • AA-T or AS-T Degree

Appeal Cover Sheet

NOTE: Graduate students appealing admission decisions should visit Graduate StudiesOpens in new window for appeal information. Students appealing a residency decision should contact the Residence Specialist at (657) 278-3100 or


The California State University takes very seriously complaints and concerns regarding the institution. If you have a complaint regarding the CSU please visit our Complaint Procedure webpage.