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 Impaction Information

What is impaction?
An undergraduate major or CSU campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications received exceeds the number of available spaces. For more information about CSU Impaction, please visit http://www.calstate.edu/sas/impactioninfo.shtml.

Why did Cal State L.A. declare impaction?
The University declared campus and program impaction in order to manage enrollment within current budget constraints, while preserving the highest quality academic experience and services to students

Campus Impaction (effective Fall 2010)

A Map with detailing lines describing the local area schoolsCampus impaction requires that we give priority admission consideration to first time freshman applicants and upper division transfers from within our local area. (NOTE: Effective Fall 2014, Due to limited program offerings within the CSU, applicants to TECHNOLOGY majors (e.g., Aviation Administration, Fire Protection Administration, Industrial Technology) are exempt from campus impaction. If admitted to one of these programs, students will not be able change their majors at a later time.)

For freshman applicants, your school of origin is the high school from which you graduated. For transfer applicants, if you attended multiple colleges, your school of origin will be based on the college at which you completed the most units prior to transferring to Cal State L.A.  

Applicants from schools outside of Cal State L.A.’s local area will be admitted based on the number of available spaces that remain, and may be held to supplemental admission criteria.

For the list of schools in the CSULA Local Area, please visit www.calstatela.edu/univ/admiss/impaction/Campus_Impaction_Local_Area.pdf

Program Impaction (effective Fall 2011)

Program impaction means that the number of applications from fully eligible students to a designated major far exceeds the number of spaces available in that major. However, students can still be admitted to the major if they meet the supplementary admission criteria.

The following are impacted undergraduate programs/majors at Cal State L.A.:

For specific information regarding the supplemental admissions criteria for each major, please CLICK HERE.

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Last Update: 11/1/2013