It is not often that a college or university reverses a decision to allow a student to be admitted; however, if your application has been rejected, writing an admission appeal letter is worth a try, especially if anything has changed since you originally applied. For example, if you have retaken any standardized tests or won any community service awards since the last application, it would be a good idea to include that information in your letter.
Format and Content
When communicating with the college or university, make sure you include your original application number in the admission appeal letter format. Also, include your Social Security number and all contact information such as home address, phone number and email address. Briefly explain any updated information and why you believe your application should be reconsidered. Additionally, contact the university and make sure you send your appeal to the correct department and individual.
Reporting improved standardized test scores is one of the biggest reasons students petition for reconsideration of their original applications. This admission appeal letter sample is from a student who originally took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) when he had the flu and he scored poorly resulting in the university rejecting his admissions application. He has since retaken the SAT and scored much higher; therefore he is appealing the rejection.
500 West 57th Street
New York City, NY 11111
Dr. Carol N. Barge
Admission Appeals Committee
XYZ City University
New York City, NY 11111
May 20, 2014
RE: Admission Appeal
Dear Dr. Barge,
My name is Thomas M. Finch (Application 78963) and I would like to provide some updated information in an effort to appeal my initial rejection for admission to XYZ City University. I believe the biggest reason I was rejected was my low SAT scores.
Unfortunately I had the flu and a fever on November 7, 2013 when I originally took the SAT. The scores I earned that day are not indicative of my capabilities. I have since retaken the SAT on January 9, 2014 and significantly improved my scores. My math score has gone from 570 to 690; my verbal score has improved from 560 to 660 and my essay score has risen from 520 to 630. This represents a change in my combined score from 1,650 on the November test to 1,980 on the January test.
In addition, I organized a dog show at my high school as a Beta Club project. The show was a tremendous success and we raised $10,732.65 to contribute to our local Humane Society. As a result of the success of the project, I won the ABC High School Community Service Award as well as the 2013-2014Community Service Award from our local Rotary Club.
I realize it is rare to have an application rejection overturned, but under these circumstances I felt I should try. I would greatly appreciate your consideration in this matter, and can promise you that, if admitted, I would work exceedingly hard and be an exemplary student at XYZ City University.
Thomas M. Finch
Who Can Appeal?
Anyone who takes a Customs Broker License Examination and does not achieve a passing score may appeal questions on that examination.
When Must an Appeal Be Submitted?
Any appeal must be submitted within 60 days of the date of the letter notifying the applicant of his or her score.
What is the Basis for an Appeal?
The applicant must submit a compelling argument why his or her answer is better than the official answer for a specific question, or why the appealed question has no possible correct answer.
What Must Be in the Appeal Package?
A cover letter stating the applicant's name and address, date and location of the examination, and the specific question(s) being appealed
A copy of the letter from CBP providing the applicant's score
A copy of the front and back of the applicant's answer sheet
Arguments, in the required format, for each question appealed
What Is the Required Format for the Appeal Arguments?
The applicant's name, examination site, examination date, and question appealed must appear at the top of each page.
Each appealed question must begin with the original exam question and its answer choices, followed by your appeal arguments.
Each appealed question must be presented on a separate page or pages (i.e., different questions must not be argued on the same page.)
Each appealed question, in its entirety as set forth above, should be submitted in duplicate.
Where Should the Appeal Be Sent?
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of Trade
1400 L Street NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20229-1154
Attn: Broker Management Branch
When Can An Appeal Be Automatically Rejected?
An appeal package can be automatically rejected for procedural reasons, such as if it is incomplete, is untimely, or is in the wrong format.