Impaction

Campus-Wide vs. Program-Specific

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 permitted to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications. Sacramento State received campus-wide designation and authorization to utilize impaction criteria beginning in Fall 2011.

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 during the initial filing period far exceeds the number of spaces available in that major. However, students can still be admitted in an alternate major, or they may eventually be admitted to the oversubscribed major if they meet the supplementary admission criteria.

Campus impaction (otherwise known as campus-wide 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.

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.

For a small percentage of prospective freshmen or new transfers, their eligibility may be weighed alongside other criteria such as: first generation college status, socioeconomic factors, indication of overcoming educational hardship, skills or talents that align with or contribute to university programs or enrich the educational experience of the campus community.

Sacramento State - Designated Impacted Programs

Biological Sciencess (beginning 2015/16) - All undergraduate programs in Biological Sciences have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Biological Sciences to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6535 or www.csus.edu/bios/impaction.html

Business Administration - All undergraduate programs in Business Administration have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Undergraduate Business Advising Center to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-BIZZ (2499) or http://www.cba.csus.edu/ubac/Impaction.html

Criminal Justice - All programs in Criminal Justice have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Criminal Justice to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6487 or http://www.csus.edu/HHS/cj/programs/impaction.html

Design - The Graphic Design and Photography programs have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Design, (916) 278-3962 to confirm current criteria or http://www.al.csus.edu/design/  (as of 2015/16 Interior Design is no longer impacted)

Health Science - All undergraduate programs in Health Science have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Health Science to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6441 or http://www.csus.edu/hhs/khs/hlsc/impaction.html

Nursing - The upper division Clinical Nursing Program has been officially designated as an impacted program on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Division of Nursing to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6525 or http://www.csus.edu/HHS/nrs/

Psychology - All programs in Psychology have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Psychology to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6254 or http://www.csus.edu/psyc/program-impaction.html

Pre-Major and Expressed Interest Definition Policy

Pre-Major – A designation for undergraduate students pursuing a non-impacted major.  These students may declare or be assigned major status upon admission to the university or by the department/program of their intended major  after completing specified pre-requisites as defined by their academic department/program.

Expressed Interest – A designation for undergraduate students interested in pursuing an impacted major but who may not declare or be assigned by the department/program of their intended major upon admission to the university.  These students must successfully complete any specified pre-requisites and a supplemental admissions process in order to be formally admitted to the major/program.

California State University - systemwide impaction information - to search for a specific CSU campus or program impaction, click here.