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What is Impaction?

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 additional admission criteria to screen applications.

Campus Impaction

Campus-wide impaction means that the campus has exhausted existing enrollment capacity in terms of the instructional resources and physical capacity of the campus.

Our campus receives more eligible applicants during the initial admission application filing period than we can accommodate. Therefore, the campus must restrict enrollment to the campus.

All applicants designated as local for admission purposes who meet the University’s minimum admission requirements will be offered admission to the University. When campus impaction criteria are applied, applicants who are designated as non-local for admission purposes will be considered for admission based on a higher admission index (first-time freshmen applicants) or grade point average (transfer applicants)

Applying to an Impacted Major

Note: Expressed Interest is the same as being Undeclared. As Expressed Interest, you have not been formally accepted into the major.

Steps to applying:

  • Must successfully complete specific prerequisite courses or their equivalent
  • Meet the minimum GPA and complete unit requirements (a higher GPA than the minimum requirement is highly recommended)
  • Submit a supplemental application by visiting the department website for important dates and deadlines

Seek advising:

Visit the Academic Advising Center to ensure you are admitted into the program by 45 or before 60 units.

Pre-Major and Expressed Interest


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.

Program Impaction

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 transfer and currently enrolled students.

Sacramento State is committed to serving our region and gives priority to our local applicants. Local Transfer students applying to impacted programs that consider supplemental criteria will be given priority for admission.

For information about supplementary criteria and local area preference, see the links below.

Constituent and Public Meetings Held

ALIGN Regional Board

Community Meeting I
Jan. 16, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sacramento State – Downtown, Room 104
304 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Community Meeting II
Jan. 17, 2020
9:00-11:00 am
Sacramento City Unified School District, Serna Center, Michigan/Minnesota Room
5735 47th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824

Community Meeting III
Jan. 17, 2020
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Sacramento State, University Union, Oak Room
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819

ASI Board Meeting
Feb 5, 2020
Sacramento State, University Union, Oak Room
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819

Faculty Senate Meeting

Public and Stakeholder Comments:

  • No comments were received via public notices or hearings.
  • Stakeholder comments received:
    • Biological Science and Business students asked that care be taken to Insure that any enrollment increases do not adversely impact existing students’ ability to enroll in the classes they need to progress toward timely graduation.
    • With the addition of the BS Public Health degree, BS Health Science students asked for clear messaging and advising on degree options and distinctions. Also asked campus to monitor the impact of curricular changes on adjacent degrees such as Nursing and Biological Sciences.

Proposed Changes to Program Level Impaction

BS Biological Sciences

Discontinue program impaction status for the BS Biological Sciences degree as of Fall 2021. It is important to note that although Biological Sciences was designated as impacted, it was impacted in name only: the degree program never implemented any impaction strategies to limit enrollment. It never instituted application quotas for new or returning students, and it accepted all applicants, managing its capacity through pre-major course work. Therefore, no admissions were limited, and the program does not anticipate a need to change its current approach.

BS Business Administration

Discontinue impaction for all concentrations, except Accounting, in the BS Business Administration as of Fall Admissions 2023. The best practices to increase student throughput, including alternative course delivery methods, structured schedules, and targeted advising will continue as the following plan is implemented:

  • For Fall 2021 admissions, lower GPA and monitor entry-level course requirements again to allow for another estimated 500 increase in student enrollments.
  • For Fall 2022 admissions, lower GPA and monitor entry-level course requirements again to allow for another estimated 500 increase in student enrollments.
  • After 2022, reassess the status to determine if all additional admission criteria can be removed so that there is no Impaction - except for Accounting.

Proposed BS Public Health and BS Health Science

Sacramento State has received approval to implement a Bachelor of Public Health degree and restructure the existing Bachelor of Health Science degree (currently impacted). The expanded offerings are anticipated to be in place by Fall 2021 admissions. Once the new degrees are in place, the plan is to consider the capacity to determine if and where impaction is needed.