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Impacted Programs - Supplementary Admission Criteria

In the CSU system, an undergraduate major or campus is designated as impacted when the number of CSU eligible applications received in the initial filing period (October 1 to November 30 for fall admission) is greater than the number that can be accommodated by the major or campus. In such instances, CSU campuses have been authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applicants to these majors and/or campuses. These supplementary admission criteria may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cease accepting admission applications at the conclusion of the initial filing period;
  • Require submission of the SAT or ACT regardless of the high school grade point average;
  • Rank order first-time freshmen by eligibility index;
  • Set a higher minimum eligibility index than that required for CSU admission;
  • Review additional characteristics such as socioeconomic or educational factors, space availability in a program or major, indications of overcoming educational obstacles, or exceptional talents; and
  • Require completion of specified lower-division general education requirements for transfer applicants.

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