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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.

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

Additional Information about impaction at California State University, Los Angeles:

Choose an option for more detailed information on how impaction affects you.

freshman impaction link

click for information about impaction for transfers

Program Impaction (effective Fall 2011) – applies to both local and non-local admission area applicants

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.:

  • Biology (effective Fall 2014)
  • Business Administration (Accounting) (effective Fall 2014)
  • Business Administration (Management) (effective Fall 2014)
  • Business Administration (Marketing Management) (effective Fall 2014)
  • Child Development (impaction status discontinued, effective Fall 2016)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

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


For more information about CSU system-wide impaction, please visit: