Impaction -  Frequently Asked Questions

What is impaction?

Currently, the demand for the Criminal Justice major exceeds the number of students that can be taught effectively.

Impaction limits the number of students entering the major so that there are sufficient resources to allow admitted majors to finish their coursework and graduate in a timely manner.

The Chancellor's Office of the California State University has granted the Division of Criminal Justice impaction status for its undergraduate program effective Fall 2012.

How does impaction affect me?

In addition to submitting an application for admission to Sacramento State, you must submit a separate “Supplemental Application” to the Criminal Justice program.

To be considered for Admission, what are the minimum requirements that I have to meet?

  1. Overall GPA of 2.6 or higher
  2. Completion of 45 units
  3. Completion of the following Criminal Justice courses with a grade of “C” or better: 
  • CRJ 1, Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 2, Law of Crimes
  • CRJ 4, General Investigative Techniques
  • CRJ 5, The Community and the Justice System

How do I know if the courses I completed or plan to complete at the community college will meet the course requirements?

If you attended or plan to attend a California Community College, you can utilize ASSIST to help you find the articulated course(s) to meet the Sac State Criminal Justice requirements.  Transfer students with specific questions should first meet with an academic counselor or advisor at their community college.  Continuing Sacramento State students should meet with the advisor in the Criminal Justice Advising Center or an academic advisor.

Can any of these courses be in-progress?  What if I have one more course to take?

All four courses must be complete and awarded a grade of "C" or higher.

Can I apply to the program prior to being admitted to Sacramento State?

No.  New applicants, including transfer students, must have been admitted to the university prior to applying to the program.

How do I apply to the program?

To apply, eligible students must fill out the Supplemental Application.  The Supplemental Application is available online at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.  It is highly recommended that interested students speak with the Criminal Justice Advisor prior to submitting an application.

 How often do you accept applications?

The Divisionon of Criminal Justice accepts applicatons twice per year, once in fall and once in spring.  Check the "Alerts" section of the CRJ home page for updates.

What if I’m not admitted to the program, can I apply more than once?

You will be able to re-apply to the program if significant changes are made to your GPA and/or you complete any missing requirements. 

What if I want to minor in Criminal Justice instead?

Students interested in a minor in Criminal Justice should contact Destiny Effiong-Harris, Criminal Justice Advising Center Coordinator, Alpine Hall 133, for eligibility and requirements.

What if I completed an AS-T (Associates of Science for Transfer)? How does impaction affect me?

Please refer to the AS-T-Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Please contact the CRJ Advising Center at for additional questions or concerns.

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