Admissions Decision Appeals

At HCU, each application goes through a comprehensive review process before an admissions decision is made. As a result, deny decision appeals should only be submitted if significant new academic information can be provided that was not available at the time of application.

Guidelines for Submitting an Appeal

  • The appeal must be made by the applicant–not a parent, teacher, friend, alumni, etc.
  • The appeal and supporting materials must be received before the appeal deadline.
  • Appeals must provide new and significant academic information that was not included in the original application.
  • Applicants may only appeal once and the resulting decision is final.

Submitting an Appeal

If you feel that you have new, significant academic information that was not in your original application file and would like to appeal your admission decision, please complete the following steps:

  1. Submit the online Appeal Request Form. (Application Portal login required)
    The form requires a written response to the following prompt. Please write as much as needed to make your case.
  2. Optional: Submit updated test scores.
    An unofficial copy is sufficient for appeal purposes.
  3. Submit an updated or final high school transcript with new grades.
    An unofficial copy is sufficient for appeal purposes.

Submitting Additional Documents

Supporting materials may be uploaded when submitting the Decision Appeal Form.

You may also email supporting documents to Please include your full name and date of birth in the email. The subject line should be “Appeal Request”.

Deadlines for Submitting an Appeal

For Fall 2024 Admission, all appeal materials must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by July 15, 2024.

What Happens Next

You will receive a decision with two weeks of the appeal deadline. There is no guarantee that any appeal will be approved or that any specific factor will increase the odds for an appeal to be approved. Appeals will be considered holistically, taking the entire application file into account.