The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from CSU regularly eligible students are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, August for spring terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus where they are offered; others are impacted only at some campuses. Candidates for admission must meet supplementary criteria if applying to an impacted program.
The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those programs that are impacted and the supplementary criteria campuses will use. Systemwide impaction of admission may be announced, when unexpected circumstances necessitate a curtailment of admission to specific campuses. Detailed information on campus and program impaction is available at http://www.calstate.edu/impactioninfo.shtml and www.csumentor.edu. That announcement will also be published in official CSU publications distributed to high school and college counselors, and made available online at www.calstate.edu. Information about the supplementary criteria is also provided to program applicants.
Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered for impacted programs at more than one campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admissions consideration.
Each campus with impacted programs uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank–ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on the overall transfer grade point average, completion of specified prerequisite courses, and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT. For fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible and no later than December of the preceding year.
The supplementary admission criteria used by the individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to applicants who seek admission to an impacted program. Details regarding the supplemental admissions criteria are also provided at http://www.calstate.edu/impactioninfo.shtml.