Withdrawing College Applications After Early Decision Admission

The Ultimate College App Payoff – #Admitted!CONGRATULATIONS – you’ve been admitted to your top choice college!  If you were admitted under a binding Early Decision plan, part of the deal when you applied was that you agreed to withdraw all of your other applications.

You should do that as soon as possible.  Like within 7 days of being admitted to your ED school.

You agreed to this when you applied, and at this point, you are committed to enrolling at your Early Decision school.  There’s no need for you to take up an admission space at another college where there’s 0% chance you’ll enroll.  Consider this:  would you want someone taking up a space at YOUR first-choice college that they literally can’t and won’t use?  Don’t be that guy/gal.

There’s no withdraw feature on the Common Application or the Coalition app.  You’ll need to reach out to each college’s admission office and ask them to withdraw your application.  They’ll understand – they know about this whole Early Decision thing!  So look up the name of the appropriate person for each of the colleges where you’ve submitted applications, and send them a nice little note.  All good!

If you’ve applied to multiple University of California schools, you’ll need to withdraw your application from each campus individually.  Here’s how you do it:

UC Berkeley
Go to My Application Portal (MAP@Berkeley portal) at: https://apply.berkeley.edu/apply/status Log in to the portal and complete a Withdraw Application Request under the Account Tools section.

UC Davis
Go to https://admissions.ucdavis.edu/appwithdraw/ and use the online submission form using your name, application ID, and e-mail address.

UC Irvine
Go to the UCI admissions website at: http://www.admissions.uci.edu/myadmission/index.php
Click the button on the website to log into your MyAdmission portal, and send a message through the Message Center. Please include: Name, Application ID or UCI Student ID and a brief explanation.

Go to the UCLA admissions website at: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/ContactForm/Applicant.aspx and use the online submission form to submit the withdrawal of his or her application. There is a button to click entitled “Withdrawing your application.”

UC Merced
Send e-mail to admissions@ucmerced.edu or fax to (209) 228-4244
Please include: Name, Application ID or UCM ID, date of birth and subject line “Withdrawal”
(If you fax them your withdrawal, make sure to tell them no one faxes anything anymore…..!)

UC Riverside
Log in to your MyUCR account and click on the “My Profile” tab, followed by clicking on the “Cancel Application” tab and follow the instructions.

UC San Diego
Applicants may submit a withdrawal request through the UC San Diego applicant portal starting in mid-December. An email will be sent from UC San Diego when the portal opens. If a withdrawal needs to be submitted prior to the opening of the portal, please send an email to SIRDecline@ucsd.edu from the same email address listed in your submitted UC application with your Name, UC Application ID, and the reason for your withdrawal.

UC Santa Barbara
Go to the UCSB Office of Admissions website at www.admissions.ucsb.edu/connect/contact-us and use the online submission form. Enter either your UCSB Perm number or UC application ID number, the name and email address listed in your application, and select “Cancel My Application” from the drop-down menu.

UC Santa Cruz
Go to: https://cruzid.ucsc.edu/idmuser_self_service to claim your CruzID. Follow instructions to claim your account and set your CruzID Gold password. Use the self-service option within the MyUCSC portal to withdraw your application.

Congratulations on being admitted to your first-choice college!  After you’ve finished withdrawing college applications, you’ve fulfilled the first of your many commitments in this exciting new relationship.


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