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Freshman Waitlist Frequently asked Questions

Learn more about the UC Davis waitlist process, including how to accept our offer, when you can expect an update on your status and additional information on financial aid and orientation.

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  • What is the waitlist?
  • The UC Davis waitlist is used to manage new student enrollment. A waitlist offer is an acknowledgement of an applicant’s strength—it is not a guarantee of admission.
  • If I am such a qualified applicant,why wasn’t I admitted?
  • UC Davis is a very competitive campus and enrollment space is limited. Every application receives a thorough holistic review, yet thousands of applicants must be denied admission despite impressive academic and personal achievements.
  • If I received a waitlist offer, am I automatically on the waitlist?
  • No. Students who receive a waitlist offer must go to MyAdmissions to formally accept a place on the waitlist, which includes writing a brief 200-word statement and providing their fall grades and spring work in progress.
  • How do I accept a place on the waitlist?
  • If you are offered a place on our waitlist, you have until 11:59 p.m. on April 15 to accept our offer and place yourself on the waitlist. You must accept our offer online through MyAdmissions, include a brief 200-word statement telling us why you would like to attend UC Davis, and provide your fall grades and spring coursework-in-progress. The deadline cannot be extended.
  • Who is on the waitlist?
  • The waitlist is by invitation only. We offer a select group of qualified applicants the option of placing themselves on the waitlist. Only students who accept their waitlist offer by the April 15 deadline are placed on the waitlist. Students cannot appeal to be on the waitlist.
  • How many students are on the waitlist?
  • At this time, we do not know how many students will accept our waitlist offer. We will release waitlist statistics after the freshman class has been filled.
  • Are students on the waitlist ranked?
  • No, students on the waitlist are not ranked. If any spaces are available for our entering class after the May 1 Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) deadline, we will review our waitlist and admit those students who are best qualified for each academic area.
  • Can I speak to someone about my spot on the waitlist?
  • You can always contact our office for assistance on any admission-related matter; however, we will only have general information regarding your waitlist status. If you decide to accept a place on our waitlist, we will not able to inform you of our admission decision until after May 1, so please be patient.
  • I was not offered a place on the waitlist. Can I appeal for a waitlist offer?
  • No, students cannot appeal for a place on the waitlist. Waitlist offers are by invitation only.
  • Can I be on a waitlist for more than one University of California (UC) campus?
  • Yes, you may accept waitlist offers from multiple campuses. However, you can only accept an offer of admission to one UC campus.
  • I was accepted to another college, but UC Davis is my first choice. Should I accept a place on the waitlist and decline the other college’s offer?
  • We strongly urge you to accept an admission offer from another college by their respective deadline, because admission from our waitlist is not guaranteed. You may still accept an offer to be on the UC Davis waitlist even if you have accepted admission at another college. If you are admitted from waitlist, then you may submit a SIR to enroll at UC Davis and cancel your acceptance at the other college.
  • I have already been admitted to my first-choice college, should I still accept a place on the waitlist?
  • Congratulations! If you have already been admitted to your first-choice college, and you are not interested in attending UC Davis, there is no need to accept a place on our waitlist. We wish you well in your future educational endeavors.
  • How likely is it that I will be admitted to UC Davis from the waitlist?
  • Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict how many students might be admitted from the waitlist. The number of students admitted from the waitlist is entirely determined by the number of student responses to our initial offers of admission. The campus admits students with the expectation that the freshman class will be filled without offering admission to students who accepted the waitlist opportunity.
  • Do you accept letters of recommendation, transcripts or other supporting documents from students on the waitlist?
  • No, letters of recommendation, transcripts and other supporting documents cannot be reviewed. Before making our decisions, we will review your 200-word statement, as well as the fall grades and spring coursework-in-progress that must be submitted as part of your waitlist acceptance.
  • When will I hear if I am admitted from the waitlist?
  • Since waitlist admission offers are based entirely on the number of responses from our initial admission offers, we will not be able to notify you of our final admission decision until after May 1. Admission offers from the waitlist will be released after May 1 and no later than June 1 via email and MyAdmissions.
  • How will I be notified if I am admitted from the waitlist? How long will I have to accept an admission offer?
  • Admission offers from the waitlist will be released after May 1 and no later than June 1 via email and through MyAdmissions. You will have seven (7) calendar days from the date of your notification to submit your SIR through MyAdmissions.

    For example, if you are notified of your admission from the waitlist on May 5, you will have until 11:59 p.m. on May 12 to accept our offer or your space may be offered to someone else on the waitlist. Because the space may be offered to another student on the waitlist, this seven-day deadline will not be extended.
  • What happens if I am admitted from the waitlist, but have already accepted an admission offer from another college?
  • If you are admitted from our waitlist and accept our offer, you must contact the other college to cancel your admission there. You are subject to any cancellation policies, and may forfeit any deposits paid.

    If you are admitted from the UC Davis waitlist and have already accepted admission to another UC campus, you can submit a SIR at UC Davis and must cancel your acceptance to the other campus in writing. Each UC campus operates independent admission and waitlist processes, so familiarize yourself with the policies at each UC campus.
  • If I am admitted from the waitlist, will I still be eligible for financial aid?
  • As long as you submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application, your financial aid eligibility will still apply. If you have not yet submitted one of these financial aid applications, please visit fafsa.gov or dream.csac.ca.gov to complete an application right away, as some forms of financial aid may still be available. Be sure to list UC Davis (school code of 001313) as one of your schools.

    If you are admitted from the waitlist, you will be able to view your financial aid award(s) through MyAdmissions before submitting your SIR. You can also visit financialaid.ucdavis.edu/aidestimator at any time to estimate your cost of attendance, financial aid and net cost. For more information about financial aid, please visit financialaid.ucdavis.edu.
  • If I am admitted from the waitlist, will I still be guaranteed student housing?
  • Yes. If you are admitted from the waitlist, you are guaranteed student housing if you meet all admission and housing deadlines. Students can apply for housing as soon as they SIR on MyAdmissions. Waitlisted students will have 10 days from the date of admission to complete the housing application. For more information, please visit housing.ucdavis.edu.

  • If I am admitted from the waitlist, will I still be able to attend orientation?
  • Yes. After submitting your SIR, you will be able to sign up for orientation through MyAdmissions. First-Year Orientation sessions begin in July, and students will only be allowed to attend sessions within their academic college.

    Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should sign up as soon as possible once you submit your SIR. If you are unable to register for an orientation session, please contact the Orientation Office at 530-752-4443 or orientation@ucdavis.edu to discuss registration options. General information, including program fees, is available at orientation.ucdavis.edu.