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Admission Decision Appeal Process

An applicant who has been denied admission may have that decision reconsidered. The applicant must compose a short letter detailing the reason(s) for the appeal. The letter and supporting documentation (evidence) must supply new information not available to the applicant when the original application was submitted. Below, you will find some examples of decisions a student may appeal.
Denied Admissions based on factors such a
  • Freshman Low Eligibility Index
  • Freshman Missing College Prep Course
  • Transfer "Golden 4" Requirement
  • Transfer GPA
  • Transfer Less than 60 Units and not meeting minimum H.S. Qualifications

Enrollment Denied or Canceled Due to Missed Deadlines (such as)

  • Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Final High School or College Transcript
  • Acceptance of Offer/Enrollment Deposit
  • Required Math and/or English Placement Tests not Taken
  • Remediation in Math and/or English Required but Not Attempted (Early Start Program)

Appeal Procedure

All requests must include documentation related to the extraordinary circumstances to be considered for the appeal. Proof must be provided that the established admission criteria for the type of admission (freshman or transfer) and all deadlines have been met. 
  • There is a limit of one appeal per application per academic term.
  • The appeal must be received no later than 15 days from date of the admission decision notification.
  • Appeals must be submitted by Mail, FAX, or Email
  • Appeal packets must include:
    • A letter of appeal
    • Documentation to support the appeal (e.g., transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, proof of mailing/submission of requested information, etc.).
    • Submit the appeal packet via e-mail to admission@csum.edu, FAX to 707-654-1336, or by mail to:
      • California Maritime Academy
        Office of Admission – Admission Appeals
        200 Maritime Academy Drive                                          
        Vallejo, CA 94590
  • Applicants submitting appeals will be notified of the decision within two weeks of receipt of the appeal (in most cases) via the personal e-mail address listed in the student's official record.
  • Appeal applicants are advised to explore other college options or other educational pursuits while waiting for the appeal decision.
  • Appeal letters must be submitted by applicant.
  • Appeal letters written by anyone other than the applicant will not be considered.
  • Letters of recommendation will not be considered.
  • Reporting errors made on the application are not a basis for the reversal of a decision.
  • Decisions rendered are final and non-negotiable.