Admission Appeals Process

SDSU is impacted at the undergraduate level in all majors and programs and as such, we are unable to accept all CSU-eligible applicants for admission. Each year there are more applicants seeking admission to SDSU than there are spaces available. The admissions process is highly selective and applicants must meet criteria that are over and above the minimum established by the CSU.

If you were denied admission, or if you missed an admissions deadline, it is unlikely that our decision will be reversed on appeal. The appeals process is only for applicants who have a serious and compelling reason that they feel the committee should consider.

Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), there is no time limit to submit an appeal. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from schools that are currently closed. Refer to instructions below for more information.

Submitting an Appeal

To submit an appeal, carefully read and follow the steps below. Only complete appeals will be considered.

  1. Prepare documentation. To have an appeal processed, you must submit ONE COMPLETE PACKAGE to include:
    • The Admissions Appeal Request: download PDF, complete, and save the form as "SDSU Appeal, your last name, and RedID." For example, SDSU Appeal Smith 123456789.
    • Letter of appeal (Word or PDF document) detailing your extenuating circumstance (e.g. hospitalization, military service, family crisis). Please save your letter as "SDSU Appeal Letter, your last name, and RedID." For example, SDSU Appeal Letter Smith 123456789.
    • Supporting documentation that substantiates your appeal. You must document your extenuating circumstance using the information outlined below including documentation of hospitalization, military service, family crisis.
  2. Submit your appeal. Log in to your SDSU WebPortal account and under the left-hand menu, select Upload Admission Documents, which will enable you to upload your complete appeals package with supporting documentation.
  3. Allow time for processing. It may take more than twelve weeks for appeal decision.
  4. Receive the decision by email. Applicants will be notified of appeals decision by email using the email address on file on the SDSU WebPortal. Make sure your email address is correct.

Appeals and Documentation

Freshmen:

  1. Official or unofficial high school transcript and college transcript (if applicable) issued by the school within the last two weeks. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Please save your unofficial transcript PDF(s) as "Unofficial Transcripts, your last name, and RedID." For example, Unofficial Transcripts Smith 123456789. Email PDF(s) of your unofficial transcripts to [email protected]. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  2. Official or unofficial enrollment verification of courses enrolled, or grades (if available) for fall 2019 and a statement indicating courses that you are enrolled or plan to enroll for spring 2020. Given the uncertainity of COVID-19, unofficial enrollment verification/spring 2020 course schedule will be accepted. Please save your unofficial enrollment verification/spring 2020 course schedule as "Unofficial Enrollment Verification, your last name, and RedID." For example, Unofficial Enrollment Verification Smith 123456789. Email the PDF of your unofficial enrollment verification to [email protected].
  3. Official or unofficial ACT or SAT test scores. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.

Transfer students:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended issued by the school within the past two weeks. For colleges/universities that provide an option to send transcripts either electronically or by mail, electronic is preferred. Review the Transcripts web page for more information on ordering transcripts for SDSU. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Please save your unofficial transcript PDF(s) as "Unofficial Transcripts, your last name, and RedID." For example, Unofficial Transcripts Smith 123456789. Email a PDF of your unofficial transcripts to [email protected].
  2. Official or unofficial Advanced Placement exam scores and International Baccalaureate transcripts if applicable. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  3. Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript).

Copy of credit card statement, canceled check front and back or money order receipt that indicates payment to SDSU was made by the deadline.

A letter from the college, university or agency verifying the date transcripts, documents or scores were sent by the deadline, or a statement indicating their inability to send them by the deadline.

You must submit:

  1. Letter of acceptance to a military program that requires you to enroll at SDSU as a lower division transfer student.
  2. Official or unofficial high school transcript issued by the school within the past two weeks. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  3. Official or unofficial ACT or SAT test scores. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended issued by the school within the past two weeks. Review the Transcripts web page for more information on ordering transcripts for SDSU. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  5. Official or unofficial Advanced Placement exam scores and International Baccalaureate transcripts if applicable. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  6. Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript).

Documentation that supports your claim of your inability to submit the online Intent to Enroll by the deadline.

Medical documentation or military orders that prevent you from attending the semester to which you applied.

Freshmen:

  1. Official or unofficial high school transcript and college transcript (if applicable) issued by the school within the last two weeks. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Please save your unofficial transcript PDF(s) as "Unofficial Transcripts, your last name, and RedID." For example, Unofficial Transcripts Smith 123456789. Log in to your SDSU WebPortal account and under the left-hand menu, select Upload Admission Documents, which will enable you to upload your unofficial transcripts. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  2. Official or unofficial ACT or SAT test scores. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.

Transfer students:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended issued by the school within the past two weeks. For colleges/universities that provide an option to send transcripts either electronically or by mail, electronic is preferred. Review the Transcripts web page for more information on ordering transcripts for SDSU. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Please save your unofficial transcript PDF(s) as "Unofficial Transcripts, your last name, and RedID." For example, Unofficial Transcripts Smith 123456789. Log in to your SDSU WebPortal account and under the left-hand menu, select Upload Admission Documents, which will enable you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  2. Official enrollment verification of courses enrolled, or course grades (if available) for spring 2020.
  3. Official or unofficial Advanced Placement exam scores and International Baccalaureate transcripts if applicable. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Review Transcript and Test Score Instructions below.
  4. Military documents if applicable (DD214, Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force transcript).
Additional official transcripts or documents that were not previously submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Transcript and Test Score Instructions

The following transcripts are required:

  • First-time freshman and lower-division transfer applicants: Transcripts are required from all high schools attended, plus from all colleges you previously and/or currently attend even if you withdrew from the course(s) or the course(s) is not applicable to your degree. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Please save your unofficial transcript PDF(s) as "Unofficial Transcripts, your last name, and RedID." For example, "Unofficial Transcripts Smith 123456789." Log in to your SDSU WebPortal account and under the left-hand menu, select Upload Admission Documents, which will enable you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  • Upper-division transfer applicants: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended issued by the school within the past two weeks. For colleges/universities that provide an option to send transcripts either electronically or by mail, electronic is preferred. Review the Transcripts web page for more information on ordering transcripts for SDSU. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted. Please save your unofficial transcript PDF(s) as "Unofficial Transcripts, your last name, and RedID." For example, "Unofficial Transcripts Smith 123456789". Log in to your SDSU WebPortal account and under the left-hand menu, select Upload Admission Documents, which will enable you to upload your unofficial transcripts.

Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores

Advanced Placement exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for the AP exam. To obtain your AP test scores, visit the AP Tests website. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Scores

International Baccalaureate exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for the IB exam. To obtain IB test scores and additional information, visit the International Baccalaureate website. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted.

SAT and ACT Test Scores

If your SAT and/or ACT test scores are not listed on your high school transcript and you did not indicate SDSU as a destination for your scores when you took your test, you must contact the testing agency to request the electronic scores be sent to SDSU. You can order your scores online, or write, or call the appropriate testing agency listed below. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, unofficial transcripts in the PDF format will be accepted.

The College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 8057
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(866) 756-7346
SAT website
CSU Code: 3594
ACT Records
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243-0451
(319) 337-1313
ACT website
SDSU Code: 0398

If you have questions regarding the appeals process, please contact the Office of Admissions.