Please read the following information carefully and follow the steps as you put together your application for readmission to the university.

If the following applies, then this is the right form for you: 

  • You do not yet have a bachelor's degree.
  • You had a UCSC email address.
  • You have a Student ID Number that is different from your Social Security Number.
  • You are not currently on Leave of Absence (LOA students are automatically reactivated for their approved return term).
  • Contact your college advisors if you were last here before 1994 or otherwise were never issued a UCSC email address.

Note that there is a $70 filing fee posted to your account when your application is reviewed; you are responsible for this fee even if you do not return to UC Santa Cruz.

IMPORTANT: Do not wait until the last minute to begin the process!

This process will require proactive planning for the submission of multiple documents. Depending on your unique situation, this may involve getting transcripts, major plans, filing appeals to declare, medical documentation, review by numerous offices on campus, and it will take time. By beginning the process early, you will give yourself the time you need to get these documents and be better prepared for any unexpected situations. We recommend that students start preparing to submit their application at least 4 weeks in advance of the deadline to file an application (see quarterly deadlines below).

Filing Periods

Calendar of filing periods.

  Filing Period Extended Deadline
Winter July 1 - September 30  
Spring October 1 - December 31  
Fall January 1 - March 31 May 31*
Summer April 1 - May 31  

** Applicants filing for fall readmission during the extended filing period between April 1 and May 31 may have a late enrollment appointment, and class selection and availability may be limited. To ensure timely processing and enrollment opportunities, we strongly recommend all fall readmission applications be filed by March 31.

Step 1. Update your portal and check your to-do's.

To update your portal information, login to MyUCSC with your gold password. If you have difficulty accessing your portal (password problems)  call (831) 459-4357 (459-HELP). Your Student ID number can be found on the portal in the Student Center > Student Advising Summary. 

The information you provide in your readmission form must match what is in your student portal, especially your alternate email address, telephone number, and Student ID number. This is how we verify your identity and the validity of your application.

If you have been away for two or more regular terms (fall, winter, spring), you will be required to submit a Statement of Legal Residence on your portal. The Residence Deputy has more information on determining your residency status and when to file your Statement of Legal Residence. Failure to file will result in being classified as a nonresident and subject to nonresident fees.

Check to see if you have any enrollment holds. Some enrollment holds (financial, student life) should be remedied immediately (there is little point in readmitting if you can't enroll in class!). Other enrollment holds (academic progress) may be resolved as part of your readmission (your college advisor will give you the details).

Step 2. Collect your transcripts.

If you attended any other institutions since you last attended UC Santa Cruz, you will need to send your transcripts. There are two places you will need to submit these transcripts.

  1. You will need to have your official transcripts sent to the Registrar at:

    Office of The Registrar
    1156 High Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95064
  2. You will need to upload a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) to your college via this online application.

NOTE: Most institutions allow you to print or download unofficial transcripts from their student portal system. A PDF of this transcript would be ideal. If in-progress courses are not shown on the unofficial transcript, other evidence of enrollment  such as a screenshot indicating current enrollment will suffice.

Step 3. Prepare your documentation/response in advance.

  • If you were not in good academic standing when you were last at UC Santa Cruz, you will need to prepare a letter addressed to the Academic Standing Review Committee describing the circumstances of your leave, and how you plan to improve your performance upon your return.
  • If you withdrew from the quarter for documented medical reasons after the 6th week of the quarter, your college will ask to have your Medical Readiness to Return form sent or faxed to the Cowell Health Center. Although you do not need to have this form completed right now, it will be required later in the readmission process (remember that until you submit the Medical Readiness to Return form, your readmission will not be fully processed).
  • If you are not eligible to declare your intended major and need to submit an appeal to your major, you will need to learn what the appeal process entails prior to submitting an application (this could prevent you from being approved by your college).

Step 4. Submit the online readmission application (link below).

It is not possible to save an application in progress, which is why you will need to have completed the previous steps before proceeding.


  • You have updated your contact information and reviewed/resolved your enrollment holds.
  • You have prepared a letter for the Academic Standing Committee addressing your readiness to return (for those who left UCSC while not in good academic standing).
  • You have unofficial transcripts for all classes you have taken while away from UCSC, including any information about in progress coursework.

Next steps (Step 5: Complete the Academic Planning Form with your major advisor)

  • Review of your readmission application requires an up-to-date quarter-by-quarter academic plan showing how you will complete your major requirements within your remaining quarters of enrollment eligibility. If you do not already have an academic plan that reflects when you’re planning to return to UCSC, please contact your major advisor to develop or update your plan.  If you are not yet declared, work with your prospective major advisor.  Your major advisor should share this plan with your college (note: students are not responsible for uploading the plan, but should work with their advisor to do so).
  • Ensure this is completed no later than two weeks after the readmission application deadline for your planned return quarter.
  • Major departments have different procedures for completing Academic Planning forms for students seeking readmission.  When communicating with your major advisor, be sure to include details about any classes you took while you were away, especially if the courses you took are related to your major.
  • If you are not eligible to declare your intended major and need to submit an appeal to your major, you will need to learn what the appeal process entails prior to submitting an application (this could prevent you from being approved by your college).

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