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 2018.

Major SAT Eligibility Index ACT Eligibility Index
Biology 3601 847
Business Administration 3601 847
Computer Science 3101 720
Kinesiology 3201 747
Marine Science 3501 820
Psychology 3501 820
Undeclared 3701 870

Transfer Impaction

Spring semester

Students applying to an impacted program, with an Associate Degrees for Transfers (AD-T) in a matching major, will be 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 other CSU upper division transfer students, without an AD-T, applying to impacted programs must meet CSU eligibility requirements in addition to successful completion of the approved program-specific courses according to the impacted major.

Who will be affected by the impaction?

  • Transfer applicants (All California counties)

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

Fall semester

Transfers applying to impacted majors, who will not earn the Associate Degree for Transfer in a matching major, please note:

Local area students residing in Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz counties or city of Gilroy (or currently attending one of the follow community colleges, Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College, Cabrillo College, or Gavilan College), may be required to have a higher cumulative (total) GPA than the minimum 2.0.

Out of area students not residing in Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz counties or city of Gilroy (or not currently attending one of the follow community colleges, Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College, Cabrillo College, or Gavilan College), may be required to have a higher cumulative (total) GPA than the minimum 2.0.

Who will be affected by the impaction?

  • Transfer applicants (All California counties)

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

For Fall 2018 impaction requirements are listed below. Applicants who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer in a matching major or applicants in non-impacted majors will be required to have a 2.0 GPA.

Biology

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 BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units) C-

Marine Science

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 BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units) C-

Environmental Science, Technology, & Policy

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 BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units) C-

Computer Science

Required Course CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Precalculus MATH 130: Precalculus (5 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

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

Mathematics

Required Course CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade
Precalculus MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) C*
Calculus MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) C*

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

Psychology

General CSU Transfer Requirements were used for Fall 2018 Psychology program eligibility.

Required Course CSUMB Course Equivalency Grade 
Introduction to Psychology PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology (4 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

Complete the same requirements as AS-T degree as listed below.

In addition to the required courses below, an increased GPA of 2.4 was used for Fall 2018 Business program eligibility.

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 (2 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 (2 units) C
Introduction to Business **OR** Business Communication BUS 200: Intro to Business Computing (1-4 units) C

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

Kinesiology

General CSU Transfer Requirements were used for Fall 2018 Kinesiology program eligibility.

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 (4 units) C

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