Impacted Programs

The CSU system designates Programs as “impacted” when more applications from CSU regularly eligible students are received in the initial filing period (October and November for Fall terms, June for Winter terms, August for Spring terms, and February for Summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some Programs are “impacted” at every campus where they are offered; others are “impacted” only at some CSU campuses. Candidates for admission must meet supplementary admission criteria if applying to an “impacted” Program or campus.

CSU will announce during the Fall filing period those Programs that are “impacted.” Detailed information on campus and Programs that are “impacted” will be available at the following websites: www.csumentor. edu, and www.calstate. edu/sas/impaction-campus-info.shtml. Campuses will communicate supplementary admission criteria for all “impacted” Programs to high schools and community colleges in their service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information also will be made available online at and published at the CSU campus individual website. For CSUN criteria, see

Applicants must file applications for admission to an “impacted” Program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered in “impacted” Programs at more than 1 campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admissions consideration.

Supplementary Admission Criteria

Each CSU campus with “impacted” Programs uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank-ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on the overall transfer GPA; completion of specified prerequisite courses; and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to “impacted” campuses or Programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT. For Fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible, and no later than November or December of the preceding year.

The supplementary admission criteria used by the individual campuses to screen applicants appear periodically in the CSU Review and are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an “impacted” Program. Details regarding the supplemental admissions criteria also are provided at