Office of Admissions

Policies and Procedures

Appeal your admissions decision

Appeal process for undergraduate admission

Undergraduate applicants denied admission may appeal the decision by following these steps:

  1. Write an email to the Director of Admissions, Rachel Morales with the subject line “Appeal”
    • OR send a letter to:
      Rachel Morales
      Director of Admissions
      University of Southern Maine
      PO Box 9300
      Portland, ME 04104
  2. Explain the reasons for your appeal and include any additional documentation (i.e., academic information including test scores, additional grades, or a resume) that may be relevant.
  3. Provide a return email or mailing address.

The Director of Admissions and at least one other senior Admissions staff member will review your appeal. We will respond as soon as a decision is reached.


Appeal process for graduate admission

Graduate applicants denied admission may appeal the decision by submitting a written appeal to the chair or director of the program to which you applied. This must be done within 10 working days of receiving your admission decision letter.

Your appeal will be reviewed by the program chair or director, or the appropriate graduate program admissions committee. The program chair or director will notify you of the appeal decision within 10 working days of receiving your appeal.

Should you wish to pursue the appeal process further, a written appeal may be submitted to the provost. Your appeal letter should include all the information you believe should be taken into consideration when reviewing the admission and appeal decisions. You will be informed of the Provost's decision within 10 working days of receiving your appeal.

If you have questions about the appeal process, contact the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at (207) 780-4812.