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Freshman Impaction

February 17, 2014

Impaction means that a campus anticipates more qualified applicants than there are spots available. Currently, 16 of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses have declared impaction for first-time freshmen (see CSU Campus Impaction Information 2014-2015). 

In order to manage enrollment within current budget constraints while preserving the highest quality academic experience and services to students, Cal State Northridge has declared campus-wide impaction for first-time freshmen only. This means that the University will give priority admission consideration to first-time freshman applicants who graduate from high schools located inside a closely-defined geographic area.

For the Fall 2014 semester, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) will admit all CSU-eligible first-time freshman applicants who graduate from high schools in its local guarantee admissions area. First-time freshman applicants graduating from high schools outside the local area will be admitted by achieving the higher CSU eligibility index score.

Learn More

  • For details including a list of high schools inside CSUN's local guarantee admissions area, please review Freshman Impaction.
  • To find out what you'll need to do and when as a first-time freshman applicant to CSUN, visit First-Time Freshman Applicant.

At this time, all CSUN applicants other than freshmen (e.g., transfer, graduate, etc., students) must meet the standard CSU admissions criteria for their class level and academic program published at Applicants.