Admission Decision Appeal Process

The admission process is completely objective, based on each applicant's self-reported academic qualifications on the CSU Application for admission. Therefore, for an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new academic information.

If you feel that you have information that will change your admission status, please follow the detailed instructions for submitting an appeal listed below.

You will have 15 business days from the time when you are notified of SJSU's admission decision to come forward with the information requested below. You may make only one appeal per semester.

  1. Send us a formal letter requesting that we reconsider your application. The letter must come from you (the applicant) and be sent via email to
  2. Your letter must clearly outline your reasons for appealing the initial decision and a detailed plan for completing the missing requirement(s). The information you present should be new and compelling.
  3. Official transcripts (in an envelope sealed by the institution) must be sent directly from your school or college and so noted in your letter. Transcripts must include all coursework and grades completed to date, plus an official listing of the coursework in which you are currently enrolled. Transfer applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended, but do not need to submit high school transcripts.
  4. Letters of recommendation and personal statements or essays are not considered in the admission selection process at SJSU and cannot be submitted as part of your appeal.

It is our usual practice to respond to appeals within three weeks of the date we receive them. However, we cannot guarantee a response by deadlines you may have at other colleges where you have applied. We encourage applicants to consider all available educational options.

Apply to a Later Term

Should you decide to continue your education via the community college system or at another university, we hope that you will reapply to SJSU for the next available term. Please monitor Cal State Apply for current information.