UC Waitlist Information
Each UC campus handles the waitlist opt-in process a little differently. Most UCs will have an opt-in deadline of April 15, but some campuses may have different deadlines. I recommend that you carefully review the waitlist information and/or FAQ from the campus that offered you waitlist before opting in.
Most UC campuses will not release waitlist decisions until well after the May 1 SIR deadline, so be sure to follow through with a backup plan in case the waitlist decision doesn’t work out in your favor. There is no penalty for you to withdraw the SIR if you are accepted from the waitlist somewhere else (except losing the $250 deposit).
UC Waitlist Statement Writing Guidelines
For the campuses that have optional or required waitlist statement, be sure to explain why the campus is right for you. For example, what opportunities will the campus offer you and how do you intend to take advantage of those opportunities? You should also reinforce why you are the right student for that campus. For example, what experiences, knowledge, skills, and characteristics do you bring to the campus and how will you positively contribute to the student body and/or the campus community?
Appeal While On Waitlist
Most UCs do not allow waitlisted students to appeal. Santa Cruz clearly states that waitlisted students are allowed to appeal, but that campus has an early appeal deadline of March 31.
UC Waitlist Numbers
Not sure if you should opt-in or give up? Take a look at previous years’ waitlist numbers I have compiled here to help you decide the best way forward!
Waitlist Statement Help
Find DIY waitlist statement help on my YouTube Channel (watch Understanding How the UC Appeal and Waitlist Process Works first, then check out How to Compose Your UC Waitlist Statement).
Need personalized help with your waitlist statement? I offer a service where I review your UC Application and provide suggestions on information you should cover for your waitlist statement. Learn more!
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