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What is Impaction?

In order to manage enrollment while preserving the highest quality academic experience and services to students, the California State University (CSU) system allows campuses to declare impaction. Impaction allows each campus to manage enrollment of new students based on approved local criteria.

Cal State San Marcos will accommodate new first-time freshman and upper-division transfer applicants from its local admission area who apply during the CSU fall priority application period and meet all CSU minimum admission requirements. In addition to meeting CSU criteria, there will be requirments and deadlines specific to Cal State San Marcos. All requirements and deadlines must be met.

Impacted Majors at CSUSM

Impacted majors have more qualified students interested in declaring these majors than can be accommodated in current courses.   

Business Administration

Applicants are admitted as "Pre-Business" and then apply to a competitive process at Junior standing based upon GPA in pre-business core courses.

Kinesiology

Qualified applicants are admitted based on space availability. Eligible local area freshmen applicants who are not offered a spot in kinesiology may be admitted to the alternative major they selected on the CSU application, or as an undeclared student if no alternative was selected.

Nursing (Basic Nursing Program)

Qualified applicants are admitted based on space availability. Eligible local area freshmen applicants who are not offered a spot in nursing may be admitted to the alternative major they selected on the CSU application, or as an undeclared student if no alternative was selected.

Out-of-Area Students

Prospective students from our local admission area will be accommodated first. However, out-of-area students are welcome to apply and will be admitted if space is available, based on supplemental admissions criteria. Learn more on the CSU website.

CSU Fall Priority Application Period: October 1 - November 30