If You Are Denied Admission

If you receive a letter indicating you have not met the California State University admission requirements, but you feel that there are extenuating circumstances that were beyond your control, you may submit an appeal to us asking for an exception to the Admissions Requirements.

Humboldt State is impacted at the freshman level and in several majors at the upper-division transfer level. This means that admissions requirements have increased for freshman and transfer applicants applying to impacted programs. For an appeal to be considered for an impacted major, the applicant must provide new evidence not already found in the original application that demonstrates preparation for academic success at Humboldt State.

Appeal policy for admissions denial

  • An appeal must be received by HSU Admissions within 15 business days of the date on the Denial Letter produced by Humboldt State University Admission.

Exceptions Committee
Humboldt State University
Office of Admissions
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521 or email apply@humboldt.edu.

  • The appeal should address the reasons for not meeting Standard Admissions requirements for the California State University and a brief description of your academic goals. Please also include some explanation of why you have chosen Humboldt State.
  • The appeal must be written by the student.
  • The appeal may include supporting information of a disability. Disclosing a disability is not a requirement, but if you feel you were unable to meet certain admission requirements based on a disability and would like to submit supporting documents, please fax to 707-826-5397 or mail to:

Humboldt State University
Student Disability Resource Center
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
ATTN: Linda Parker

Please share how the disability has affected your Admissions eligibility. Also, please describe the support services and/or resources previously used and how you will be successful at HSU.


  • The appeal must include current contact information (such as phone, email, and postal address) the student's name, and HSU ID.
  • HSU Admissions will accept one appeal per academic term.
  • Applicants with a GPA less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale are not eligible to appeal.
  • Appeals are reviewed by the Exceptions Committee weekly. Notification of the Committee's decision is by letter through the postal mail.

Appeal Policy, Humboldt State University
Effective 19 August, 2011