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Undergraduate Admission Appeal


To outline the steps for a student to appeal a denial of undergraduate admission.

Applies to: 

Undergraduate applicants that have been denied admission.

Policy Statement: 

An undergraduate student that is denied admission can request an appeal by e-mailing processing@ku.edu or following the link in the e-mail communication of their denial. Once they request to appeal the decision, they must submit a complete appeal file, which contains:

  1. A formal letter of appeal explaining extenuating circumstances that contributed to their previous academic experience, why the student believes they will be successful at KU and any other information that they would like the committee to know about them. 
  2. A letter of recommendation written by someone that can address the student’s academic abilities.
  3. A questionnaire of short answer questions allowing the student to expand on their previous experiences and goals moving forward.

Once all of these documents are received, the complete appeal file and the documents in the student’s application file will be reviewed by the Admissions Appeal Committee.  This committee of faculty, academic advisors and/or staff meets once a month or on an as-needed basis.  The decision of the committee is final and may not be appealed again for the same term.


Office of Admissions
1502 Building
1502 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Approved by: 
Director of Admissions
Approved on: 
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Effective on: 
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Appeal, denial, admissions.
Change History: 

03/10/2023: Updated contact section.
11/25/2020: Updated contact information, rearranged procedures, and added Edwards Campus.
07/11/2016: Updated to remove gendered pronouns.
09/16/2016: Contact Information Updated

Academic Categories: 
Admission to KU
Grievance & Appeals

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