What is impaction?

Questions about impaction or applying to the major?

Contact Cheryl Lugo at clugo@csus.edu or 916-278-6504


For information on applying to the major you may also download the following document:

Applying to the Major

Major impaction means that the number of students interested in declaring a specific major during the University application period far exceeds the number of spaces available in that major. However, students may still be considered for that major if they meet the supplementary admission criteria and that semester's GPA cut-off.

The Chancellor's Office of the California State University has granted the Psychology Department impaction status for its undergraduate major program. Students applying to the major are required to submit a supplemental application. New applicants, including transfer students, must be admitted to the University prior to applying to the major.

Applying to the Undergraduate Psychology Major

Application Information Sessions


For information contact Cheryl Lugo at clugo@csus.edu

Application FAQs

 Application Requirements

To apply to the undergraduate psychology major, you must meet all of the following supplemental admission criteria:

  • New and transfer students must meet the CSU admission requirements and must be in good academic standing.
  • Current students must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must have completed PSYC 2 (Introductory Psychology; 3 semester units), or its articulated equivalents, with a grade of “C” or higher within 3 attempts.
  • Courses in progress at the time the supplemental application is submitted are not accepted.
  • Students must have completed at least 30 semester units.
  • Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.3 in all college level courses.

Local Admission Priority Policy:

  • A supplemental application must still be submitted in order to be considered for the major.
  • Local area applicants are not guaranteed admission to the major.
  • Students identified as a local area applicant by the university will be awarded a 0.1 GPA boost to their cumulative GPA.
  • The GPA boost will be in addition to and/or separate from the GPA boost that students completing an ADT in Psychology will receive.

Admission of majors to the Psychology program is based on a rank ordering of eligible applicants according to their overall GPA and departmental capacity.



The Psychology Undergraduate Supplemental Application for Fall 2019 is now closed.


To access the application:

  • Log in to MySacState,
  • Click on your "Student Center"
  • Click on "Supplemental Applications" - located in the "Forms" box on the lower right hand of your "Student Center" home page (see image below).


Student Center image with arrow pointing to "Supplemental Application" link

If you are not a current Sacramento State Student you will have to wait until you have been admitted to the University before applying to the Psychology Undergraduate program.

 Want more information on applying to the Psychology Undergraduate Program?

Contact Cheryl Lugo at clugo@csus.edu


Applicants pursuing a Transfer Associate of Arts (AA-T) or Associate of Science (AS-T) Degree in Psychology:

For the AA-T or AS-T to be considered in the Psychology Major decision, the applicant must be pursuing the approved AA-T or AS-T in Psychology at the time of application and must be on-track for completing the approved program prior to their first semester at Sacramento State.

  • If the above is met, PSYC 2 - Introductory Psychology equivalent will be accepted into the program.

If you are pursuing a AA-T or AS-T in Psychology, submit a copy of the completed degree evaluation (Verification of Intent to Earn AA-T or AS-T) document from your California Community College to the Admissions and Outreach Department. The Psychology Department does not collect the Associate's Degree for Transfer verification forms.