UC Freshman Appeal/Waitlist Opt-In Due in THREE DAYS (4/15)

The appeal and/or waitlist opt-in deadline is Thursday, April 15, 2021 (except appeal for Berkeley, which has a deadline of Saturday, May 1, 2021, and the Santa Cruz waitlist opt-in and appeal, for which the deadlines have already passed).

Have questions about the waitlist? See my UC Freshman Waitlist Information + Waitlist Statement Guideline for waitlist resources and guidelines.

Make sure the content of your appeal meets the specified requirements of the UC campus before you send it out. Check my UC Freshman Appeal Guide for appeal resources and guidelines.

Trying to gauge your chance of coming off the waitlist and/or getting admitted from appeal? Look at the UC Waitlist/Appeal/Cancellation Numbers I have compiled.

UCs do not “compare notes” so you can opt-in onto the waitlist for and/or appeal to multiple campuses. Whether you decide to opt-in onto the waitlist and/or appeal the admission decision, you should commit to a college where you were admitted or apply to community college if you intend to transfer later (apply now as most community colleges have started accepting applications for Summer/Fall 2021 enrollment). There is no guarantee that you will be admitted from the waitlist and/or appeal; you need to move forward with a backup plan.

Need help coping with the decisions? See my advice on Moving Forward in the Aftermath of Unfavorable Admission Decisions and learn to how to objectively evaluate your situation outside of the admission decisions with my Reading List After Unfavorable Admission Decisions. Looking for additional resources to help you decide on your next steps? Check out my Options/Strategies After Unfavorable UC Admission Decisions Webinar.

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April 16, 2021 at 11:21 am

My son was waitlisted for Cal and submitted his waitlist statement awhile back. We learned their waitlist deadline was extended to 4/22. Any idea what is going on and they would extend? Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
April 16, 2021 at 1:35 pm
– In reply to: gritmoms

I don’t recall any UCs doing this really close to the deadline (except on rare occasions when the applicant portal crashed near the deadline). It’s possible that Berkeley didn’t get as many waitlist opt in or SIR as it expected at this point in time. I’m not really sure what that means in terms of the actual number of students who will opt in or SIR by the deadline though (I get the feeling everyone is going to do this last minute).

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