Impaction

In the California State University system, a campus is designated as “impacted” when the number of applications received from qualified students exceeds the number of available spaces. It also means that a campus has exhausted its instructional resources and physical capacity.

Those campuses are permitted to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.

For more information about CSU Impaction, please visit calstate.edu

First Time Freshmen Impaction

Spring Semester

Freshmen applications are not being accepted for Spring semesters.

Fall Semester

First time freshmen applying to impacted majors from outside our service area (our service area includes Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz counties and the city of Gilroy) must meet higher eligibility index requirements.

CSU eligible freshmen applicants are admitted based on a combination of their self-reported GPA (at the time of application) and official SAT or ACT test scores to meet the impaction eligibility index.

All deadlines are taken seriously, applicants must adhere to and meet all admissions deadlines for consideration.

Who will be affected by the impaction?

  • Out of area First Time Freshmen (Non-Tri-County residents only)

When determining admissions, a higher eligibility index was used for the following majors for Fall 2019.

Major SAT Eligibility Index ACT Eligibility Index
Biology 3401 798
Business Administration 2950 694
Computer Science 3601 860
Kinesiology 3101 737
Marine Science 3401 798
Psychology 3501 823
Undeclared 3501 823

Transfer Impaction

Spring semester 2019

All CSU upper-division transfer students applying to an impacted program, with an Associate Degrees for Transfers (AD-T) in a matching major, were admitted. Please note that the AD-T is not the same as a regular Associates Degree, and requires an application through the transfer center at your community college.

All CSU upper-division transfer students applying to non-impacted programs or the Business program who met CSU eligibility were admitted.

Non service area CSU upper-division transfer students with a GPA above 3.25 applying to an impacted program without an AD-T have been waitlisted. All other non service area students without an AD-T and a GPA below a 3.25 were not admitted.

Fall semester 2019

All CSU upper-division transfer students applying to an impacted program, with an Associate Degrees for Transfers (AD-T) in a matching major, were admitted. Please note that the AD-T is not the same as a regular Associates Degree, and requires an application through the transfer center at your community college.

All CSU upper-division transfer students applying to non-impacted programs or the Business, Kinesiology and or Psychology majors who met CSU eligibility were admitted.

Local area transfers who earned an ADT in a non-matching major were admitted.

Who will be affected by the impaction?

  • Transfer applicants (All California counties)

A cumulative GPA above the minimum 2.0 and prerequisite coursework may be used when determining admissions eligibility for the following majors. For Community College equivalencies, please visit Assist.org.

Biology

Impaction criteria applied for Fall 2019

Required Courses CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Precalculus or AP Calculus score of 3 or above or higher math course such as Calculus MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) C-
General Chemistry I with Lab or AP Chemistry of 3 or above CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units) and CHEM 110L: Chemistry I Lab (1 units) C-
General Chemistry II with lab CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) and CHEM 111L: Chemistry II Lab (1 units) C-
Any transferable Biology course or AP Biology score of 3 Any biological sciences course C-

Marine Science

Impaction criteria applied for Fall 2019

Required Courses CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Precalculus or AP Calculus score of 3 or above or higher math course such as Calculus MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) C-
General Chemistry I with Lab or AP Chemistry of 3 or above CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units) and CHEM 110L: Chemistry I Lab (1 units) C-
General Chemistry II with lab CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) and CHEM 111L: Chemistry II Lab (1 units) C-
Any college level biology course or AP Biology score of 3 Any biological sciences course C-

Environmental Science, Technology, & Policy

Impaction criteria applied for Fall 2019

Required Courses CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Precalculus or AP Calculus score of 3 or above or higher math course such as Calculus MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) C-
General Chemistry I with Lab or AP Chemistry of 3 or above CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units) and CHEM 110L: Chemistry I Lab (1 units) C-
At least one of the following: General Chemistry II with lab, Physics I with lab, Calculus I CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units), CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) L, PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units), MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) C-
Any college level biology course or AP Biology score of 3 Any biological sciences course C-

Computer Science

Impaction criteria applied for Fall 2019

Required Course CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Precalculus or higher math course, such as Calculus MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) C-
Problem Solving/Programming CST 231: Problm-Solving/Programng (4 units) C-
Introduction to Data Structures CST 238: Introduction to Data Structures (4 units) C-

Mathematics

Impaction criteria applied for Fall 2019

Required Course CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Calculus MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) C-

Psychology

Impaction criteria was not used for admissions eligibility for Fall 2019

Required Course CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade 
Introduction to Psychology PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology (3 units) C
Introduction to Research Methods PSY 200: Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis (3 units) C
Lower Division Statistics STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units) C-

Business

Impaction criteria was not used for admissions eligibility for Fall 2019

Required Courses CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Financial Accounting BUS 203: Financial Accounting (3 units) C
Managerial Accounting BUS 205: Managerial Accounting (3 units) C
Principles of Microeconomics BUS 202: Micro Economics (3 units) C
Principles of Macroeconomics BUS 201: Macro Economics (3 units) C
Business Law OR Legal Environment of Business BUS 206: Business Law (3 units) C
Statistics STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units) C*
Finite Math MATH 115: Finite Mathematics (3 units) C*
Complete at least **TWO** of these:
Business Information Systems **OR** Computer Skills BUS 299: Business Analytics Fundamentals (3 units) C
Introduction to Business **OR** Business Communication BUS 200: Personal and Professional Responsibility in Business (1 units) C

*The major requires a grade of C for this course, however a C- will clear the B4 Math requirement.

Kinesiology

Impaction criteria was not used for admissions eligibility for Fall 2019

Required Courses CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Introduction to Statistics STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units) C*
General Chemistry for Science Majors CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry (3 units) C

*The major requires a grade of C for this course, however a C- will clear the B4 Math requirement.