UCSB Chancellor’s Reception Invitation

UC Santa Barbara typically mails out invitations for the Chancellor’s Receptions (in California and some out-of-state locations) to freshman applicants in early February. Since 2017, the campus seems to only invite admitted freshmen to the receptions (prior to 2017, invited OOS students were admitted but CA students were hit or miss). If you received an invitation, congratulations!!! If not, keep reading.

UC Santa Barbara has already set up the Chancellor’s Receptions RSVP site and invited students appear to already be loaded into the system (when you try to RSVP, you’ll either get a confirmation, meaning you were invited, or your Perm Number/Last Name won’t be recognized, meaning you were not invited). If you are anxious to find out (I haven’t heard anyone mentioning receiving the mailed invitations), you can try the RSVP site.

There is absolutely NO NEED TO PANIC if you don’t receive an invitation (or the RSVP site doesn’t recognize your Perm Number/Last Name). Only a very small number of students are invited to these receptions. Regular freshman decisions will come out on March 17, 2020.

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February 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

Is this RSVP hack just based on the 2 moms who posted on College Confidential or are there additional data points?

Ms. Sunreply
February 9, 2020 at 4:14 pm
– In reply to: Erik

UC Merced has a similar system for the referral pool (the “Count Me In” program), which requires the campus to preload the qualified students; I assume the two systems work similarly (might even be the same system).

If you’re asking whether the RSVP is indicative of acceptance, the answer seems to be yes, except some special circumstances (for example, I believe each campus checks the admit list against the list of students who failed to respond to the application verification/audit before releasing the decisions, so it’s possible that a student gets invited but then not admitted due to this step).

Jason Rimreply
February 15, 2020 at 9:48 am

My daughter has not received chancellor’s invite mail yet but she was able to RSVP and received confirmation email with QR code. Should she contact UCSB admissions office to make sure? Seems like the invite mail is lost be USPS.

Ms. Sunreply
February 15, 2020 at 11:32 am
– In reply to: Jason Rim

I’m fairly certain only invited students can register for the event, but you can check with the admissions office if you want to make sure.

February 15, 2020 at 3:32 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thank you!

March 9, 2020 at 2:54 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

DD received the invite and will be attending this weekend, but didn’t receive the Regents Scholarship snail mail. She assumes she didn’t get that but is worrying about the honors program now. She’s been admitted w/honors to other schools inc UCI so the stats are hopefully there, my question is does the Chancellors invite typically mean you will also be admitted to honors or is it limited to Regents Scholars? And do they give students any indication or notification of their status at the reception, or does it only come in their official admission letter? Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
March 10, 2020 at 10:02 am
– In reply to: Forest

According to this, Regents Scholars are automatically admitted to the honors program, while others are notified at the same time the admission offers go out.

I don’t recall anyone mentioning getting notified regarding honors program at the reception.

Any Questions?