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Students who wish to register at UCSB after having been absent for at least one quarter, lapsed, or withdrawn from a quarter must file a Request for Undergraduate Readmission or Reinstatement with the Office of the Registrar.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 Spring 2024 (click the link to fill out the form). Deadline is January 16, 2024.

Readmission is currently open for Fall 2024 (click the link to fill out the form). Deadline is May 13, 2024.

Readmission for Winter 2025 will open on April 1, 2024.

For all other quarters, please email

  • Students in the College of Letters and Science seeking reinstatement must also download an Academic Self-Reflection form and submit it with the readmission application.
  • Students seeking readmission or reinstatement in the College of Creative Studies must submit a letter addressed to the Dean along with the application.


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.

Application Deadlines

Updated Deadlines-Effective March 1, 2020:
Fall Opens:
August 1                                    Closes: 2nd Monday in May

Winter Opens: April 1                                   Closes: 2nd Monday in August

Spring Opens: August 1                         Closes: 3rd Tuesday in January 

Application filing periods open the calendar year prior to the quarter in which readmission/reinstatement is sought. Applicants should begin the process early. Quarter specific deadline dates are listed in the Quarter Calendars.


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


  • 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 absence from UCSB should be submitted as soon as possible. Failure to do 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 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 with the readmission application.
  • Students seeking reinstatement to the College of Engineering will need to follow the College’s Returning: Readmission instructions on the Leaving and Returning website.
  • 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.