Impaction for Freshman

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What is Campus Impaction?

An undergraduate major or CSU campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications received exceeds the number of available spaces.

What is Program Impaction?

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.

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.


Local Admission Area for Freshman


1.   How has Cal State L.A. defined its local admission area?

Map of Cal State L.A.'s Local Service area outlined


Cal State L.A. Local Admission Area includes the following public and private high schools:

(NOTE: We recognize that new schools open every year. If your school is not listed, but is located within Cal State LA's local admission area (see map above), you will be considered a local area applicant.)

Academia Avance Charter
Academic Leadership Community @ Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Academic Performance Excellence Academy (APEX)
Academy for Multilingual Arts & Sciences @ South Region HS #12
Academy of Environmental & Social Policy @ Roosevelt
Academy of Med & Health Sciences @ Roosevelt
AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian HS
Alhambra HS
Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy HS
Alliance College Ready Academy HS #16
Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan HS
Alliance Gertz-Ressler Academy HS
Alliance Health Service Academy
Alliance Huntington Park College-Ready Academy
Alliance Judy Ivey Burton Technology Academy HS
Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science School (MASS)
Alliance Media Arts and Entertainment HS
Alliance Renee & Meyer Luskin Academy HS
Alliance Technology & Math Science High @ @ Sotomayor Learning Academies
Alliance William and Carol Ouchi HS
Alverno HS
Ambassador School of Global Leadership @ RFK Community Schools
Anahuacalmecac University Preparatory HS
Anderson W. Clark Magnet HS
Animo Film and Theater Arts Charter HS
Animo Jackie Robinson HS
Animo Justice Charter HS
Animo Locke 1 College Preparatory Academy
Animo Locke 2 Charter HS College Preparatory Academy
Animo Locke 3 Charter HS College Preparatory Academy
Animo Locke ACE Academy
Animo Locke Technology Charter
Animo Oscar De La Hoya Charter High
Animo Pat Brown HS
Animo Ralph Bunche HS
Animo South Los Angeles Charter
Animo Watts Charter HS
Antelope Valley HS
Arcadia College Preparatory
Arcadia HS
Armenian Mesrobian HS
Arroyo HS
Arroyo Pacific Academy
ArtLAB @ Sotomayor Learning Academies
Aspire Pacific Academy
Aveson Global Leadership Academy
Bais Chana Chabad HS
Bais Yaakov School for Girls
Bell Gardens HS
Bell HS
Belmont HS
Bible Presbyterian Academy
Bishop Amat HS
Bishop Conaty–Our Lady of Loretto
Bishop Mora Salesian High
Blair HS
Bnos Devorah HS
Boyle Heights HS
Boyle Heights Technology Academy
Bravo Medical Magnet HS
Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy
Business & Tourism @ Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Business Industry School
CA Academy for Liberal Studies Early College HS
California Technical University HS
Camino Nuevo High School Charter
Cantwell–Sacred Heart of Mary High
Canyon Oaks HS
Cathedral HS
Central City Value
Central HS
Century HS
CIS Academy
City Of Angels School
CIVITAS Sol of Leadership
College Ready Academy High #16
College Ready Academy High #5
Columbus HS
Communication & Technology School @ South Region High #2
Communications, New Media and Technology @ Roosevelt
Community Health Advocates (CHAS) @ Augustus Hawkins HS
Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter HS
Crenshaw HS
Crescenta Valley HS
Critical Design and Gaming School (DAGS) @ Augustus Hawkins HS
Culver City HS
Daily (Allan F.) HS
Dickranian (TCA Arshag) Armenian School
Don Bosco Technical Institute
Dorsey (Susan Miller) HS
Downey HS
Downtown Magnets HS
Duarte HS
Eagle Rock HS
Early College Academy of Leaders & Scholars (eCALS) @ Sotomayor Learning Academies
East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy @ Esteban Torres HS
East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy @ Esteban Torres HS
Eastside HS
Edward R. Roybal Learning Center
El Monte HS
El Rancho HS
Elizabeth Learning Center
Engineering & Technology @ Mendez Learning Center
Engineering & Technology Academy @ Esteban Torres HS
Environmental Science and Technology HS
Excelsior School
Fairfax HS
Fernando Pullum Performing Arts HS
Fine Arts Academy @ Maya Angelou Community School
First Presbyterian School
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Foshay Learning Center
Francis (John H.) Polytechnic HS
Franklin (Benjamin) HS
Frederick Douglass Academy HS
Fremont (John C.) HS
Gabrielino HS
Garfield (James A.) HS
Glendale Adventist Academy
Glendale HS
Global Issues Academy @ Maya Angelou Community School
Hamilton (Alexander) HS
Harold McAlister HS
Helen Bernstein HS
High Tech High Los Angeles
Hollywood HS
Holy Family HS College Preparatory
Hoover (Herbert) HS
Humanitas Academy @ Esteban Torres HS
Humanitas Art School @ Roosevelt
Huntington Park HS
Huntington Park Institute of Applied Medicine @ Linda Marquez HS
Immaculate Heart HS
Independence HS
Inglewood HS
International Learning Center @ South Region HS #9
Kahlo (Frida) HS
King Drew Magnet HS
La Canada HS
La Salle High
LAUSD/USC Math Sci Tech Magnet HS
Leadership in Entertainment and Media Arts
Learning Works!
Legacy Charter High
LIBRA Academy @ Linda Marquez HS
Lincoln (Abraham)  HS
Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise Charter
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES)
Los Angeles County High School of the Arts (LACHSA)
Los Angeles High School of the Arts @ RFK Community Schools
Los Angeles HS
Los Angeles International
Los Angeles Leadership Academy
Los Angeles River School @ Sotomayor Learning Academies
Los Angeles School of Global Studies
Los Angeles Teachers Preparatory Academy
Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter High
Loyola High School of Los Angeles
Lycee International de Los Angeles
Manual Arts HS
Maranatha HS
Mark Keppel HS
Marlborough School
Marshall (John) HS
Marshall Fundamental
Math & Science @ Mendez Learning Center
Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy @ Roosevelt
Mayfield Senior School
Maywood Academy HS
Mesivta Birkas Yitzchok
Middle College HS
Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Monrovia HS
Montebello HS
Montecito HS of Art, Science and Design
Mountain Park HS
Mountain View HS
Muir (John) High
New Covenant Academy
New Designs Charter School
New Open World (NOW) Academy @ RFK Community Schools
New Village Charter HS
Newmark (Harris) HS
Ohr Haemet Institute For Girls
Opportunities Unlimited Charter High
Options for Youth San Gabriel
Orthopaedic Hospital Magnet
Palmdale HS
Pasadena HS
Performing Arts Community School @ South Region High #2
Pilgrim Day School
Pilibos (Rose & Alex) Armenian School
Polytechnic HS
Public Service Community School @ South Region High #2A
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts
Ramona Convent HS
Renaissance Arts Academy
Responsible Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship @ Augustus Hawkins HS
Ribet Academy
Rio Hondo Preparatory School
Rose City HS
Rosemary School
Rosemead HS
Sacred Heart HS
Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School
San Gabriel Academy
San Gabriel HS
San Gabriel Mission HS
San Marino HS
Santee Education Complex
School of History & Dramatic Arts @ Sotomayor Learning Academies
School of Law & Government @ Roosevelt
School of Social Justice @ Linda Marquez HS
School of STEM @ Roosevelt HS
Schurr HS
Sci, Tech, Engineering, Arts, & Math @ South Region HS #9
Shalhevet HS
Social Justice @ Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Social Justice Academy @ Esteban Torres HS
Social Justice Schools @ Maya Angelou Community School
Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School
South East HS
South El Monte HS
South Gate HS
South Pasadena HS
South Region HS #2C
Southwestern Academy
St. Francis HS
St. John Bosco HS
St. Matthias HS
St. Monica Academy
STEM Academy of Hollywood
Student Empowerment Academy
Summit View West School
Sylmar HS
Synergy Quantum Academy@ Maya Angelou Community School
Technology Arts and Design School @ South Region HS #12
Temple City HS
Thomas Jefferson HS
UCLA Community School @ RFK Community Schools
Vail High School
Verbum Dei HS
Verdugo Hills HS
View Park HS
View Park Preparatory Accelerated HS
Visual and Performing Arts @ South Region HS #9
Visual Arts & Humanities @ RFK Community Schools
Wallis Annenberg HS
Warren HS
Washington (George) Preparatory HS
Waverly School, The
West Adams Preparatory HS
Westridge School For Girls
Westview School
Whitman (Walt) High School
Wildwood School
Wilson (Woodrow) HS
Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles


Who is a local admission area applicant?

First-time freshman applicants who graduate from a high school located within Cal State L.A.’s local admission area are considered local area applicants. (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.)

Who is a non-local admission area applicant?

First-time freshman applicants who graduate from a high school outside of Cal State L.A.’s local admission area are considered non-local area applicants. These applicants may be considered for admission based on a higher CSU  eligibility index score and the extents to which the University has met its total enrollment target. After the admission of local admission area applicants, non-local admission area applicants may be admitted based on the number of available spaces that remain, and may be held to a higher CSU eligibility index score.

What is the admission eligibility index for local admission area applicants?

The CSU eligibility index (EI) is the combination of the high school grade point average (GPA) and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. GPAs are based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory (“a-g” subject requirements) and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of ‘A’ in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; ‘B,’ 4 points; and ‘C,’ 3 points.

CSU Eligibility Index is calculated using the formula below:

EI using SAT scores = GPA x 800 + SAT Total (mathematics and critical reading scores)
EI using ACT scores = GPA x 200 + (10 x ACT composite score)

The minimum acceptable eligibility index for a California resident from a local admission area school is 2900 using the SAT, or 694 using the ACT. Depending on the major you apply to, a GPA of 3.00 and above qualifies for admission with any score. All first time freshmen applicants must submit SAT or ACT test scores for admission. The minimum GPA to qualify for admission is a 2.00, with a SAT total score of 1300, or an ACT composite score of 30.

To learn more about the CSU eligibility index, visit CSU Mentor High School Eligibility Index. If you apply to an impacted program/major, additional admission criteria may be required.


What are the admission eligibility requirements for non-local admission area applicants?

State of California high school graduates:
The eligibility index for non-local admission area applicants is determined by the application pool for the term. The minimum qualifying index for non-local admission area applicants will vary, depending on the number of qualified applicants received at the end of the priority application filing period, and annual enrollment limits.

Out-of-state/ non-resident students:
Out-of-state applicants and non-residents of California are required to have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 using the SAT, or 842 using the ACT.


Is there any Special Consideration for admission?

A small percentage of the freshman class may be admitted based on additional characteristics, including special talents, first generation college status, socioeconomic factors, and indications of overcoming educational obstacles.


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.