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Sacramento State declares impaction


Impaction will not affect students within Sacramento State's local area for admission.

Sacramento State Impaction website

Faced with severe budget reductions from the state and an increase in student applications, Sacramento State officials have declared campus enrollment impaction starting with the fall 2011 semester.

University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley and Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Varlotta offered a recommendation regarding impaction to President Alexander Gonzalez. The recommendation, which was accepted by Gonzalez, was approved by the CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach.

University officials presented their information to and sought feedback from students, faculty and staff during meetings and forums held throughout the spring semester.

A campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications from qualified applicants exceeds the funded capacity of the campus to accommodate them. Application data indicate Sacramento State could see an enrollment jump of 4 percent to 6 percent, and would not be able to financially provide quality academic programs, courses and support services to the extra students, says Ed Mills, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Support.

 Students from Sacramento State's local area for admission, such as seniors at local high schools or transfer students from local community colleges, will continue to be admitted under the existing minimum requirements for CSU admission. The local area for admission includes students at high schools and community colleges in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano and San Joaquin Counties.

The campus will be able to apply additional admissions criteria to students outside these counties and accept them on a space-available basis. Some students outside the counties may qualify for admission based on hardships and/or special circumstances.

Sacramento State will continue to conduct outreach efforts in Alpine, Amador, Colusa, Nevada, Sierra and Sutter Counties to ensure that students in those areas have the information they need to apply for CSU admission.

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