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Waitlisted at UCSC, but have a couple questions.

HighSchoolKid123HighSchoolKid123 21 replies11 threads Junior Member
1. Can you still opt in to the waitlist, but decide to send an appeal to the university? (Also, what are the benefits of appealing vs waitlist)

2. What are the disadvantages of being waitlisted. Is the waitlist based on who opts in first, or by secret stats or something.

3. When do they usually let me know if I am off the waitlist (since May 1st is deadline to enroll for most universities)

4. If given admission off the waitlist, how does denying admission to another university work and attending UCSC?

If I have any more questions, ill comment them down below. Sorry if these are worded bad, I'm just freaking out since this was my top choice for Computer Science :(
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Replies to: Waitlisted at UCSC, but have a couple questions.

  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
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    1) Can I appeal your decision?

    A: If you have new or compelling information, you may appeal the decision, whether or not you are on the waitlist. Appeal procedures can be found on UCSC's Appeal Information page. Please note that if there is nothing new or compelling, an appeal may not be appropriate. If your senior year grades have gone down, or if you have already earned a grade of D or F in any ‘a-g’ course in your senior year, an appeal will not be granted.

    2) According to the CDS, the waitlist is not ranked but they will review each application again to determine based on their criteria if a spot will be available.

    3) Usually waitlisted applicants will hear after May 1 but if many applicants decline their admission, spots could open up sooner.

    4) You will need to SIR to another university by May 1. If you get off the waitlist, you can then accept UCSC’s offer or decline the offer. If you accept UCSC, then you will lose your enrollment deposit at the other University.

    My advice is to consider the waitlist a denial, get excited about another school that has accepted you and wants you to attend. If you happen to get off the waitlist, then it is just icing on the cake.

    Best of luck.
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  • HighSchoolKid123HighSchoolKid123 21 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Alright, thanks so much for the help. I guess there is no harm in opting into the waitlist, so i'll go ahead and do so.
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  • HighSchoolKid123HighSchoolKid123 21 replies11 threads Junior Member
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    @Gumbymom Do you know if there are any consequences for appealing (for example, if appeal doesn't work out)? Also, when do they usually inform people if my appeal is granted.

    Also, what's your opinion on this premise for appealing: Even though I am on the waitlist, I believe I can still highlight my passion (senior year projects, etc) and several senior year awards I got in relation to my major (Computer Science). I also want to highlight how ideal Santa Cruz's location is (I can visit home, possibly may need to), and how I love the environment there vs other campuses.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
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    All schools require a compelling reason to appeal. There is no harm in appealing but very few are actually granted. Wanting to be close to home is not a valid reason, unless you have a medical condition and require access to your doctor.

    Senior projects and awards would be worth noting so if you feel strongly, then I would appeal. UCSC does not consider an applicant’s level of interest so that will not help either.
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  • HighSchoolKid123HighSchoolKid123 21 replies11 threads Junior Member
    @Gumbymom Thanks for the info. Also, are we allowed to attach letters of recommendation to the appeals? I can't seem to find that anywhere
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
    I would just submit the documentation asked for in the appeal process.
    The Appeal of Denial of Admission is not an alternate method for admission; on the contrary, the appeals process operates within the same selection criteria.

    LOR‘s are not part of the application review process for UCSC but you could also email admissions to see if they will consider them.
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  • UCReject45UCReject45 3 replies0 threads New Member
    @Gumbymom Do you think sending in additional information such as good academic performance first semester of senior year, or explaining poor grades in a certain semester/year would help?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
    First of all, all schools expect you to maintain good grades Senior year and you will be sending a copy of your transcript to validate this.

    As for explaining poor grades, unless there were some extenuating circumstances and had a significant impact on your grades, this should have been explained in one of your personal insight essays. Anything else would be viewed as trying to make excuses.
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  • UCReject45UCReject45 3 replies0 threads New Member
    Gumbymom wrote: »
    First of all, all schools expect you to maintain good grades Senior year and you will be sending a copy of your transcript to validate this.

    As for explaining poor grades, unless there were some extenuating circumstances and had a significant impact on your grades, this should have been explained in one of your personal insight essays. Anything else would be viewed as trying to make excuses.

    Do you know the chances off the waitlist for each UC? Preferably just those for UCSD and UCSC? For CS
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
    @UCReject45: See my PM and as a new poster the CC etiquette is that is considered rude to hijack another posters thread. If you have any questions, you can post on the UCSC discussion thread or start your own thread.
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  • BreadButter33BreadButter33 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
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    ok
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  • BreadButter33BreadButter33 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Hey @Gumbymom,
    I was wondering where exactly do I submit my appeal letter? All it says on the website is "Online". Does this mean via email? Thanks
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
    @BreadButter33:

    Look at the bottom of this link for submission: https://admissions.sa.ucsc.edu/appeal/
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  • screennname3screennname3 12 replies0 threads New Member
    @Gumbymom Sorry if this has been asked before, but do you have any stats for the past years of UCSC's waitlist acceptances?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
    @screenname3:

    2019 stats:
    Waitlisted: 12,859
    Waitlist opt-ins: 7,576
    Waitlist admits: 4,686

    2018 stats:
    Waitlisted: 12,506
    Waitlist opt-ins: 7,453
    Waitlist admits: 149

    2017 stats:
    Waitlisted: 10,378
    Waitlist opt-ins: 6,038
    Waitlist admits: 2,236
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  • screennname3screennname3 12 replies0 threads New Member
    @Gumbymom Thanks for the response! The 2018 admit stats are very different from the others. Any idea what happened there?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
    @screenname3: If I remember correctly, UCSC was overenrolled and had housing issues so they decreased the # of waitlist admits significantly. If you go back even further, for 2016 they had over 4000 waitlist admits but previous year was 0, they did not even use a waitlist.
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  • soccersoccer12soccersoccer12 26 replies2 threads Junior Member
    when should we heard back from ucsc about waitlist admission?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30288 replies384 threads Forum Champion
    @soccersoccer12: Expect to hear after May 1 unless spots open up prior to that date.
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  • Ballball123Ballball123 1 replies0 threads New Member
    On my waitlist message it says I should expect to hear back by mid-June. Is that relevant to my spot on the waitlist, or is it just a generic statement?
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