You ARE affected by CSUN impaction if any of the following situations apply to you:
- You are a first-time freshman who graduated from a California high school that is located outside CSUN’s local admission area. For details, please see Freshman Impaction.
- You are a first-time transfer applicant who has completed the required course work and earned most of the 60 units that qualify you for CSU admission as an upper-division transfer student from schools that are not listed among the California community colleges inside CSUN’s local transfer area. For details, please see Transfer Impaction.
- You have chosen an impacted major, whether or not the California schools you attended are inside CSUN’s local admission area. You will first need to meet CSUN's supplementary criteria for your geographical location and then meet any impacted major supplementary criteria to be considered for admission.
You are NOT affected by CSUN impaction if:
- As a first-time freshman, you attended an accredited high school inside CSUN’s local admission area. You must still meet the standard CSU eligibility criteria listed at Freshman Applicant. If you select an impacted major, you will also need to meet that major's supplementary criteria.
- As a first-time transfer student, you completed most of the course work and earned most of the 60 units required for standard CSU transfer admission at one or more of the 17 California community colleges listed in CSUN’s local transfer area. You must still meet the standard CSU eligibility criteria listed at Transfer Applicant. If you select an impacted major, you will also need to meet that major's supplementary criteria.
- You are a graduate applicant.
- You are a nonresident of California. Out-of-state freshman applicants are required to meet a higher Eligibility Index than local area freshman applicants even without impaction; this has not changed.
- You are a U.S. servicemember (active duty or veteran) applying to CSUN. You are exempt from both “local admission area” impaction and impacted major criteria. Please see Veterans Admissions.
Starting Fall 2016 to the present:
Since Fall 2016, CSUN was and still is impacted for eight (8) majors leading to the bachelor’s degree:
- B.S. in Accountancy
- B.S. in Finance - Financial Analysis
- B.S. in Finance - Insurance
- B.S. in Finance - Financial Planning
- B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts
- B.A. in Music
- B.S. in Kinesiology
- B.A. in Psychology
Starting Fall 2017 to the present:
In addition to the majors listed above, all options in the following majors are impacted:
- B.S. and B.A. in Biology
- B.A. in Communication Studies
- B.S. in Health Administration
- B.S. in Public Health
- B.S. in Radiologic Sciences
Read more about the supplementary admission criteria for these impacted majors at:
Please see the map and list of high schools and districts inside CSUN’s local admission area.
- For students who reside in CSUN’s local area but attended a high school outside the local area, for the purposes of admission, the high school determines residency.
- For home-schooled students, the applicant’s residency is determined by his or her home address.
Eighteen (18) California community colleges are included in CSUN’s local transfer area.
- Applicants from the local-area community colleges will be admitted to CSUN by meeting the minimum standard CSU criteria published at Transfer Student.
- Local-area applicants from California who have chosen an impacted major will need to meet the supplementary criteria for that major, as explained at Transfer Impaction.
- In order to transfer to CSUN from the local-area community colleges, applicants must have completed a majority of their transferable units at one or a combination of these colleges.
- CSUN is currently closed to lower-division transfer applications.
For details about CSUN’s supplementary admission criteria, including local/non-local admission areas and impacted majors, please see:
- Freshman Impaction - Admission is based on the applicant's Eligibility Index.
- Transfer Impaction - Admission is based on the applicant's GPA. If you will earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (STAR Act/SB 1440) 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 admission purposes.
For the minimum standard CSU admission requirements for all undergraduate applicants including those inside CSUN’s local area, please see:
Please note that all undergraduate applicants, whether affected by impaction or not, must apply for admission during the initial filing period.