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Transfer Impaction

Impaction continues for the coming 2018-2019 academic year and thereafter. For an overview, please see CSUN Impaction.

All first-time transfer applicants need to meet the minimum standard CSU admission requirements described at Upper Division Transfer Applicant. Transfer applicants affected by CSUN impaction must also meet CSUN's supplementary admission criteria described on this page. 

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Does transfer 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-area" or a "non-local area" applicant. 

  • If the majority of your transferable units come from one or more California community colleges inside CSUN’s local admissions area, you will be considered a "local-area" applicant.
  • If the majority of your transferable units come from post-secondary institutions 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 nonresident of California or a U.S. servicemember (active duty or veteran). Find application instructions at:

Local vs. Non-Local Area

• Local area applicants from schools inside CSUN's local admission area must meet the standard minimum CSU admission requirements listed at Upper Division Transfer Applicant

If you will earn one of the Associate Degrees for Transfer (an AA-T or AS-T degree) from a California community college in a major that CSUN has deemed similar, you will receive an increase of 0.10 point in your GPA calculation for CSUN admission purposes.

• Non-local area applicants from the rest of California must meet any CSUN supplementary admission criteria based on the GPA in addition to the standard eligibility requirements listed at Upper Division Transfer Applicant. The supplementary GPA requirement will be determined by the number and academic characteristics of the non-local area applicant pool. Space permitting, non-local area applicants who achieve the supplementary GPA criteria will be admitted until the transfer admission capacity is full. This could require non-local area applicants to achieve a higher GPA than is required for local-area applicants..

If you will earn one of the Associate Degrees for Transfer (an AA-T or AS-T degree) from a California community college in a major that CSUN has deemed similar, you will receive an increase of 0.10 point in your GPA calculation for CSUN admission purposes.

View a list and map of the California community colleges inside CSUN's local admission area.

Impacted Majors

For Fall 2018, several undergraduate majors are impacted. The academic department for each impacted major may set supplementary admission criteria for that major.

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 if any. The number and academic characteristics apparent in the first-time transfer applications from California residents will determine the need for supplementary admission criteria. In all impacted majors except Music, this could mean achieving a higher GPA than is required for a non-impacted major. Space permitting, applicants who meet any supplementary criteria will be admitted first, until the impacted major is full.

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

The impacted majors for Fall 2018 are listed below.

The following four (4) impacted business majors admit applicants to the pre-major program based on their GPA*:
1. Business - Accountancy
2. Business - Finance: Financial Analysis
3. Business - Finance: Financial Planning
4. Business - Finance: Insurance

The following impacted majors and their options admit applicants directly to the major program based on their GPA.*

5. Biology B.A. and B.S. (new)
6. Cinema and Television Arts
7. Communication Studies (new)
8. Health Sciences majors (new):

  • Health Administration
  • Public Health
  • Radiologic Sciences

9. Kinesiology
10. Psychology

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

*If you will earn one of the Associate Degrees for Transfer (an AA-T or AS-T degree) from a California community college in a major that matches a CSUN major, you will receive an increase of 0.10 point in your GPA calculation for CSUN admission purposes.

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Fall 2017 Admission Criteria for First-Time Transfer Students

The academic characteristics of the non-local applicant pool, as well as the academic characteristics of California transfer applicants to impacted majors, will determine the supplementary criteria for both kinds of impaction.

The two tables below describe the admission requirements for Fall 2017 first-time transfer applicants who have completed the majority of their transferable units at one or more California community colleges located within and outside of CSUN’s local admission area. The first table shows the admission criteria for CSUN’s non-impacted majors and the second table the criteria for impacted majors. Please note:

  • Applicants who meet the minimum GPA for their group will be admitted. 
  • Non-local area applicants must first meet the higher, supplementary criteria for non-local area applicants in order to be admitted to an impacted major.
  • These impaction criteria have been set for Fall 2017 admission only and may vary for future admission cycles.
  • The minimum standard CSU admission requirements are published at transfer applicant.

California Transfer Students Applying to Non-impacted Majors

Table 1: Minimum GPA for Fall 2017 transfer admission based on CSUN's local and non-local areas.
California Community CollegeMinimum Admission GPA
Inside CSUN's local area2.0 GPA
Outside CSUN's local area3.7 GPA

California Transfer Students Applying to Impacted Majors

  • All California applicants, regardless of location, who are applying to an impacted major must meet the higher, supplementary requirements for that major.
  • Non-local area applicants must first meet the non-local area criteria before being considered for admission to an impacted major.

See also Impacted Majors on this page.

Table 2: Fall 2017 admission criteria for California transfer students applying to impacted majors.
Impacted MajorMinimum Admission Standard
Business & Finance Majors
  • Accountancy
  • Finance - Financial Analysis
  • Finance - Financial Planning
  • Finance - Insurance
See Table 1 above for non-impacted majors. Apply to the Business or Finance Pre-Major.
Biology (B.A. and B.S.)2.80 GPA
Cinema and Television Arts2.40 GPA
Communication Studies2.40 GPA

Health Sciences Majors

  • Health Administration
  • Public Health
2.30 GPA
Health Sciences - Radiologic Sciences2.50 GPA
Kinesiology2.40 GPA
MusicPass audition.
Psychology2.50 GPA

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