UC Duplicate SIR/Withdrawing SIR

Did you SIR with more than one UC? Not sure how to deal with the backup UC SIR when you are admitted from the waitlist or appeal? Fear not, follow my recommendations below!

Multiple UC SIRs

If you SIR’ed with more than one UC campus, you may hear from the system about canceling the duplicate SIR(s). Don’t panic when you hear from the UCs, just cancel the extra SIRs by following the instructions here (instructions for withdrawing the SIR should be the same as or very similar to withdrawing the UC Application) and you will be fine.

How to Withdraw SIR from a Backup UC

If you SIR’ed with a backup UC and you were admitted to another UC from waitlist or appeal that you wish to attend instead, SIR with the new UC first. Once you have confirmation and everything is set in motion (housing, orientation, etc.), withdraw your SIR from the previous UC by following the instructions here (instructions for withdrawing the SIR should be the same as or very similar to withdrawing the UC Application).

The waitlist is set up to benefit the UCs (enrollment management), not to benefit you. To the extent that you are not malicious in your intent (for example, not canceling any SIRs you have no intention of honoring just because you can), protect your own interest first and foremost. That means clinching the SIR from the new campus before you let go of the old one (but do let go of the old one, help a fellow student get off the waitlist!).

The waitlist process is messed up and painful for everyone involved and the UCs (thankfully) do acknowledge that. Don’t feel bad. Get things moving as quickly as you can (SIR at new campus -> check financial aid -> apply for housing -> register for orientation -> cancel old SIR) then run out to celebrate once the dust settles!


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Kit Katreply
June 17, 2022 at 6:32 pm

So if I got off a UC waitlist but am SIR’ed to a CSU, how long can I safely be SIR’d to both? I just need a week or two to be sure the UC will keep me. I have heard that people can get their admissions rescinded from both schools if they are SIR’ed to both. Your advice is much appreciated!

Ms. Sunreply
June 17, 2022 at 7:23 pm
– In reply to: Kit Kat

As far as I know, the UCs and CSUs don’t cross reference their SIR list. You can stay SIR’d until you have everything sorted out, but then withdraw your CSU SIR right after (you are hogging a space that someone else on waitlist could be getting).

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