Student Academic Support

Impacted Undergraduate Majors and Campuses in the California State University 2015-2016

An undergraduate major or campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications received from fully qualified applicants during the initial filing period exceeds the number of available spaces. Such majors or campuses are authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.

There are subtle, yet important, differences between major and campus impaction. Major impaction means that the number of applications from fully eligible students to a designated major on a CSU campus during the initial filing period far exceeds the number of spaces available in that major. However, students can still be admitted to the campus in an alternate major, or they may eventually be admitted to the oversubscribed major if they meet the supplementary admission criteria. Fullerton, Long Beach, San Diego, San Jose, and San Luis Obispo campuses are impacted in all majors.

Campus impaction (otherwise known as campuswide impaction) means that a campus has exhausted existing enrollment capacity in terms of the instructional resources and physical capacity of the campus. Because the campus receives more eligible applicants during the initial admission application filing period than can be accommodated, the campus must therefore restrict enrollment to the campus for a specific enrollment category (i.e. first-time freshmen or transfers).

Students interested in an impacted major or campus must apply for admission during the initial filing period of October 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014 for admission in fall 2015. Applications for admission to impacted majors and campuses are not accepted after the initial filing period. Additionally, by utilizing CSUMentor, applicants can easily complete multiple applications for multiple campuses and submit them for consideration. CSUMentor allows for re-routing an application to an alternate campus, when a timely application from a CSU minimally qualified applicant cannot be accommodated; the filing of additional applications may be unnecessary. However, the system will not re-route applications to other impacted campuses or majors or to campuses that have already closed to applicants.

Consideration for admission to any impacted major or campus is contingent on first meeting the regular admission requirements for the CSU. Supplementary admission criteria are used to screen all applicants for admission to impacted majors including those students currently enrolled at the campus in other majors and seeking access to the impacted major. Transfer students have the same priority as continuing students in being admitted to an impacted major. They must also meet the same supplemental admission criteria as continuing students.

In most cases, CSU-eligible first-time freshmen and upper division transfer applicants who apply for admission to impacted majors during the initial filing period (October or November for the fall term, June for the winter quarter, or August for spring term) may be admitted to the campus in a "pre-major" status. In this status, the student must complete the lower division (freshman and sophomore level) courses established as prerequisites for admission to the impacted major. They must also complete all other supplemental admission criteria required for admission to the impacted major (Note: Admission of lower division transfer applicants is restricted at CSU campuses, and will be allowed only for a few majors or only if a specific campus needs additional students to meet enrollment targets).