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Freshman Impaction

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) impaction criteria have significantly changed beginning with Fall 2016 admission. For an overview of these changes, please see CSUN Impaction.

All first-time freshman applicants need to meet the minimum standard CSU admission requirements described at First-Time Freshman Applicant. Freshman applicants affected by CSUN impaction must also meet CSUN's higher, supplementary admission criteria described on this page to be considered for admission. 

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Does freshman impaction affect you? 

To find out whether or not impaction affects you, take the following steps in the suggested order:

1.  Determine if you are a "local" or "non-local" applicant.

  • If the California high school you’ve graduated from is inside CSUN’s local admission area, you will be considered a "local-area" applicant.
  • If your high school is outside CSUN's local area but still in California, you will be considered a "non-local area" applicant.

2.  Determine if you will be applying to an impacted major.

  • Choose your major carefully. You will not be able to change it during the admission process.

3.  You are NOT affected by impaction if you are a student veteran or nonresident of California. You'll find application instructions at:

Local vs. Non-Local Admission

  • Local area applicants must possess a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.
  • Non-local area applicants from the rest of California must meet a higher eligibility index. The higher eligibility index will be determined by the academic characteristics of the non-local freshman applicant pool. Space permitting, non-local area applicants who achieve the higher eligibility index will be admitted until the freshman class is full. It is possible that no non-local applicants will be admitted if local applicants fill all available admission spaces. Therefore, CSUN recommends applying to an additional, alternate campus.
  • View a list and map of high schools/districts inside CSUN's local admission area.

Impacted Major Admission

Seven (7) undergraduate majors are currently impacted at CSUN. The academic department for each impacted major sets separate supplementary admission criteria for applicants.

If you are choosing one of the impacted majors listed below and you are a student from California, you will need to meet that major’s supplementary admission criteria.  In all majors except Music, this will mean achieving a higher admission eligibility index than is required for a non-impacted major. This applies to both local and non-local applicants in California.

Please note: Applicants who apply to an impacted major and do not meet that major’s supplementary admission requirement will not be admitted to the University. Therefore, applicants should also apply for admission to an alternate campus that offers their desired major.

Explore CSUN undergraduate majors.

The following three (3) impacted business majors admit applicants to the pre-major program based on their eligibility index:
1. Accountancy
2. Business Administration - Insurance and Financial Services Option
3. Finance

The following three (3) impacted majors admit applicants directly to the major program based on their eligibility index:
4. Cinema and Television Arts
5. Kinesiology
6. Psychology

Applicants to the following impacted major are required to pass an audition:
7. Music - See Audition & Placement.

Note: The academic characteristics of the freshman applicant population from California will determine the supplementary admission criteria for all impacted majors. Space permitting, applicants who meet the supplementary criteria will be admitted first, until the impacted major is full. Because admission capacity is limited, applicants should also apply for admission to an alternate campus that offers their desired major.

Eligibility Index

The CSU statewide eligibility index is a combination of your high school grade point average (GPA) and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. GPAs are based on grades earned in college preparatory courses ("a-g" subject requirements) taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculating GPA are any bonus points earned for approved honors courses.

You can look up your eligibility index at CSUMentor. Or, to calculate your eligibility index, multiply your GPA by 800 and add your total score on the SAT mathematics and critical reading scores. If you took the ACT, multiply your GPA by 200 and add ten times the ACT composite score (do not include the writing score). In other words:

  • Eligibility Index using SAT I Scores = (GPA) x 800 + SAT I Total of Mathematics + Critical Reading Scores
  • Eligibility Index using ACT Scores = (GPA) x 200 + (10 x ACT composite score)

Domestic out-of-state applicants will find eligibility index requirements at CSUMentor.