One of the most common questions we receive in our advising office relates to what happens if a student does not meet the 3.0 pre-major GPA requirement. Historically, we have not publicized much about our appeal process or requirements, but due to some recent changes, we want to make it very clear what makes a student eligible to appeal.
Although we have made changes to appeal eligibility requirements, at this time we do still have an appeal process. For those of you who may fall into this situation, please read the following requirements very clearly. Please note that submitting an appeal is NOT a guarantee of admission into the major!!
1. Students with a pre-major GPA between a 2.85 and a 2.99 will qualify for an appeal. Students with a pre-major GPA lower than a 2.85 will NOT have the option to appeal and need to seek advising in the College of Letters and Science to select a new major.
2. If a student has repeated any of our pre-major requirements, they will not be eligible to appeal, regardless of pre-major GPA.
3. Pre-Comm transfer students who came to UCSB only needing ONE pre-major course will have the option to appeal ONLY if they earn a B- in that course. A grade of a C+ or lower does NOT grant them the same option. Transfer students with 2 courses left to take or more will be held to the standard 2.85 - 2.99 pre-major GPA appeal range.
4. In order for a student to receive the option to appeal, they MUST come into the undergraduate advising office to fill out a change of major WHILE they are in their last pre-major course. The entire appeals process banks on the fact that your paperwork is on file in the undergraduate advising office.
5. We will email specific instructions regarding the process students that we know are eligible to appeal (typically within one week of final grades coming out). It is the responsibility of each student to check their umail account regularly. After appeal notifications are sent out, students have one week to return their written appeal electronically. If a student does not appeal during the allotted time window, they will forfeit their opportunity altogether. We do not accept late appeals.
Again, being granted the option to appeal is not a guarantee of admission into the major! Students that fall into the appeal category are advised to have a backup plan in place in the event that their appeal is denied. We hope that publicizing our appeals process will help you plan for the future accordingly. Feel free to contact the Undergraduate Advising Office with any questions.