What is Impaction?
Impaction means that a campus anticipates more qualified applicants than available spots for which there is adequate state funding. To manage enrollment within current budget constraints while preserving the highest quality academic experience and services to students, California State University, Northridge has declared campus-wide impaction for first-time freshmen and first-time transfer applicants as well as all first-time freshmen and first-time transfers to the academic majors discussed below. This means that, with the exception of the majors discussed below, the University will give priority admission consideration to first-time undergraduate applicants who have attended schools located within a closely-defined local geographic area. Non-local applicants are required to meet supplementary criteria.
For more information, see Impacted Undergraduate Majors and Campuses in the California State University.
For 2022-23, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) campus is impacted for first-time freshmen and first-time transfer students. For 2023-24, the campus is impacted for first-time freshmen only. In addition, some undergraduate majors are impacted. Graduate applicants are not affected by impaction.
- Local area applicants: During the initial filing period, CSUN will admit all qualified first-time freshmen and transfer applicants who have attended California schools inside the CSUN-defined local admission area and who have met the minimum standard California State University (CSU) eligibility criteria for freshman applicants and transfer applicants.
- The rest of California: Undergraduate applicants from outside CSUN’s local area but still in California will be considered for admission during the initial filing period when they meet both the standard California State University (CSU) criteria and any CSUN supplementary criteria.
- Impacted majors: All undergraduate applicants from California, regardless of geographical location, need to achieve both the standard CSU criteria and the supplementary admission criteria that CSUN has established for each impacted major.
Note: Space permitting, non-local area applicants from California will be admitted until the freshman class, transfer student, and impacted major admission capacities are full.
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