UC Freshman Waitlist Information + Waitlist Statement Guideline

Waitlist Information
Waitlist Statement Writing Guidelines
Appeal While On Waitlist
Waitlist Numbers
Waitlist Statement Help

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).

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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?

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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.

For campuses that have optional or required waitlist statement, you can use that as an appeal if needed.

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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!

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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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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

April 19, 2021 at 9:09 am

Are the waitlist acceptances in batches? And if so, how do those work?

Ms. Sunreply
April 19, 2021 at 1:17 pm
– In reply to: Adoria

They usually come out in batches and you have 3-5 days to accept the offer of admission. As soon as the campus counts all of the SIR and determines how many spaces are left, the next batch goes out.

April 19, 2021 at 4:08 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Ok got it so even if you are waiting on another waitlist you still have to make your decision in that time frame?

Ms. Sunreply
April 20, 2021 at 11:34 am
– In reply to: Adoria

Correct, it’s a very expensive version of whack-a-mole (you forfeit the $250 deposit every time you move onto a different campus).

April 23, 2021 at 5:08 pm

I’ve been waitlisted at five UCs. The only UC I’ve been offered admission is UCM through Count me In. Knowing what you know so far of the admission process this year, how good do you think my chances are in getting off of one of the five waitlists?

Ms. Sunreply
April 23, 2021 at 5:16 pm
– In reply to: Adam

Depends on how many admitted students choose to SIR. If not enough of them do, then UCs will admit students from the waitlist. Whether students choose to SIR with the UCs can be influenced by a number of factors, such as economic trends and speed of vaccine roll out, none of which I (or anyone else) can predict.

April 23, 2021 at 8:29 pm

Hello! Do you think waitlist acceptance rates (especially for Cal) will be higher this year, especially due to COVID and such? Thank you for your help 🙂

Ms. Sunreply
April 24, 2021 at 9:24 am
– In reply to: Rodrick

Whether students choose to SIR with the UCs (Berkeley or any other campus) can be influenced by a number of factors, such as economic trends and speed of vaccine roll out, none of which I (or anyone else) can predict.

May 4, 2021 at 1:54 pm

How long after May 1 do UCs typically release waitlist results?

Ms. Sunreply
May 4, 2021 at 3:50 pm
– In reply to: wesley

Since May 1 fell on a weekend this year, I would give the UCs couple days to compile and verify the SIRs. Maybe later this week?

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