UC Admission Decisions Release Dates


High school seniors, the wait is almost over!

The University of California campuses will release admission decisions generally between March 14 and March 27, and a few UC campuses have started sending out freshman admission decisions on a rolling basis already. Below is a list of admissions decision release dates, by campus:  

UC Berkeley - March 27

UC Davis - March 14

UC Irvine - March 17-21

UCLA - March 21 (early evening)

UC Merced - March 6 (Rolling)

UC Riverside - January 14 (Rolling)

UC San Diego - March 15

UC Santa Barbara - March 17

UC Santa Cruz - March 15

There are three possible admission decision outcomes:

  • You are admitted – Congratulations! Be sure to submit your Statement of Intent to Register and enrollment deposit by May 1st! 
  • You have been denied admission – Boo! But don't sweat it. This is the reason for applying to several colleges, and if you planned wisely, you are bound to be admitted to one or more of these colleges. 
  • You have been offered a spot on the waitlist – What, more waiting?!?! 


According to the University of California, all UC campuses, except Merced, will use waitlists for their freshman pools.

Almost all of the UC campuses have more qualified students than they have space for. So the campuses need to make some difficult decisions when selecting the freshmen class. Being offered a spot on the waitlist means that you may be admitted if an applicant who has been admitted to the campus decides not to attend (by not submitting the Statement of Intent to Register) and a space opens up. 

 What you need to know:

  • You might receive waitlist offers from more than one campus. 
  • Once offered a spot on a waitlist, you must opt in by April 15 deadline. Instructions for doing so will be included with the waitlist notification. (Some of the campuses will require you to submit a statement discussing your interest in attending that campus.)
  • You may accept the offer to be put on more than one waitlist. 
  • The UC campuses will notify students about their waitlist status no later than June 1.
  • Even if you accept a waitlist offer at a UC campus, you should submit an SIR to one of the campuses to which you have been admitted to in order to ensure you have a college to attend in the fall. If you later accept an offer of admission from a UC campus where you have been waitlisted, you must submit an additional SIR and enrollment deposit to the second campus (and you will forfeit your deposit at the first campus).


If you are denied to a campus, but feel you have grounds for an appeal the decision to deny your application, you may submit an appeal. 

  • Please keep in mind that the purpose of the appeal process is to address compelling new information or correct a possible oversight in the initial review. 
  • The freshman appeal deadline is April 15 for most campuses (March 28 for Santa Cruz).

Good luck!

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