Readmission / Reinstatement



Graduate students who wish to register after a break in enrollment must petition for reinstatement with the Graduate Division. Reinstatement is not automatic and requires the approval of the student's academic department; the student’s record will be evaluated in terms of academic performance and timely completion of the degree. Students who wish to reinstate and have exceeded the time limit for completion of the master's and/or doctoral degrees must also submit a plan and timetable for degree completion to their department and Graduate Division for review and approval.


For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar by sending an email to

Students who wish to register at UCSB after having been absent for at least one quarter, lapsed, or withdrawn from a quarter must file a Request for Undergraduate Readmission or Reinstatement with the Office of the Registrar. Note: The $70.00 non-refundable application fee will be charged to your BARC account. Students will be contacted by email with a decision regarding their readmission application. Please allow at least three weeks for a decision to be emailed to you.

Readmission is currently open for Fall 2024 (click the link to fill out the form). Priority Deadline is May 1, 2024. Final Deadline is June 1, 2024.

Readmission is currently open for Winter 2025 (click the link to fill out the form). Priority Deadline is October 1, 2024. Final Deadline is November 1, 2024.

Readmission for Spring 2025 will open on August 1, 2024.

For all other quarters, please email


  • Students seeking readmission or reinstatement to the College of Engineering must have the approval of the dean. Students requesting reinstatement must submit an Academic Self Assessment and Study Plan with their application. Students requesting readmission must submit a study plan with their application. For more information visit the College of Engineering website regarding leaving and returning or contact the College of Engineering's Academic Advising Office (
  • Students seeking readmission or reinstatement in the College of Creative Studies must submit a letter addressed to the Dean along with the application.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline for the quarter in which readmission is sought. Deadline dates will be strictly enforced.

The University reserves the right to close admission prior to the published deadlines.

Updated Deadlines-Effective February 1, 2024:

OpensPriority Deadline*Final Deadline*
Fall QuarterAugust 1May 1June 1
Winter QuarterApril 1October 1November 1
Spring QuarterAugust 1January 15February 15

*If the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday or University holiday, it is extended to the next business day.

  • Application filing periods open the calendar year prior to the quarter in which readmission/reinstatement is sought. Applicants should begin the process early.
  • Students are encouraged to submit their application by the Priority Deadline for the best chance of obtaining a Pass 1 registration appointment time. Students who apply after the Priority Deadline may not receive a Pass 1 appointment time. For students who are in a category the receives priority registration, it is highly recommended that they apply by the Priority Deadline to receive priority registration in Pass 1.
  • After the Final Deadline, students may contact their College Academic Advising Office to request late readmission. Exceptions to the Final Deadline are rarely granted. As classes are not guarantees, students requesting late readmission/reinstatement must submit a proposed schedule to their College Academic Advising Office. Students who miss the Final Deadline are strongly encouraged to apply for the following quarter due to course availability.


All readmitted and reinstated students should review the "Steps to Registration" for newly readmitted students. This resource acts as a reminder of the steps required to complete enrollment requirements.

Approval notification for readmission or reinstatement is dependent upon the academic status of the applicant, the date the application is received, and the College’s procedures. 

Other Important Information

  • Newly admitted undergraduate students who cancel their registration prior to the first day day of instruction for their quarter of admission will not be eligible for readmission and must reapply to the University through the regular undergraduate admission process adhering to Admissions processing deadlines. For further information contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Students absent from UCSB for three or more quarters must complete the online Statement of Legal Residence after officially readmitted. Students who fail to complete this process will be assessed nonresident tuition and fees.


  • Readmission is generally approved for undergraduate students who left the university in good academic standing, provided space is available.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended while absent from UCSB should be submitted as soon as possible. Failure to do so may create a delay in degree completion as course evaluation takes several weeks to complete. Send official transcripts to: UCSB, Office of Admissions, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2014.
  • Students who are seeking readmission to the College of Letters and Science after having already completed 135 or more units will be required to submit a Proposed Schedule for Graduation to the College before readmission will be considered. Contact the College Advising office for instructions.
  • Students seeking readmission to the College of Engineering will need to submit a study plan with their application. 


  • Students who were on reinstatement-probation, were subject to academic disqualification, or dismissed by dean’s action after the last quarter of enrollment will not be considered for readmission until reinstated by the student's college dean. The dean will establish the conditions of such reinstatement, if approved.
  • Students seeking reinstatement may be subject to receipt of outstanding transcripts prior to college approval. Send official transcripts to: UCSB, Office of Admissions, Santa Barbara, CA 93106.
  • Students in the College of Letters and Science seeking reinstatement must also submit an Academic Self- Assessment to
  • Students seeking reinstatement to the College of Engineering will need to submit an Academic Self-Assessment and study plan with their application.