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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

First-Time Freshmen Applicants

The Kinesiology major is an impacted program.  This major is authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.  First-time freshman admission decisions will be based on college readiness and the Eligibility Index score.  Local area applicants will be given priority over non-local applicants.  This major is not eligible for early admission decision.  Applicants admitted to their alternate major, and not accepted into the Kinesiology major by the start of the fall term, will not be able to switch majors or apply to the impacted major at a later date.

Transfer Applicants

The Kinesiology major is an impacted program.  This major is authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.  Transfer applications are rank-ordered pursuant to Supplemental Admission Criteria outline on our Kinesiology website.  Local area applicants will be given priority over non-local applicants. 

Transfer applicants will be reviewed for admission and, if CSU eligible, conditionally admitted to the alternate major of choice.  Decisions for the Kinesiology major are not completed and communicated until July. Transfer applicants should plan their Intent to Enroll and fee based on the alternate major of choice due to limited admissions into Kinesiology.  Applicants not accepted into the Kinesiology major by the start of the fall term will not be able to switch majors or apply to the impacted major at a later date.

Nursing (Basic Nursing Program)

First-Time Freshmen Applicants

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN) is an impacted program.  This major is authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.  First-time freshman admission decisions will be based on college readiness and the Eligibility Index score.  Local area applicants will be given priority over non-local applicants.  This major is not eligible for early admission decision.  Applicants admitted to their alternate major, and not accepted into the TBSN major by the start of the fall term, will not be able to switch majors or apply to the impacted major at a later date.

Transfer Applicants

The TBSN major is an impacted program.  This major is authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.  Transfer applications are rank-ordered pursuant to Supplemental Admission Criteria outline on our TBSN website.  Applicants MUST complete a Supplemental Application in order to be considered for the Nursing major.  Local area applicants will be given priority over non-local applicants. 

Transfer applicants to CSUSM's LVN to BSN program are required to complete the Pre-Nursing Core with minimum 2.75 GPA: no supplemental admission criteria utilized.  No TEAS is required for the LVN to BSN.  Visit the LVN to BSN website for more information.

Transfer applicants to the TBSN & LVN to BSN will be reviewed for admission and, if CSU Eligible, conditionally admitted to the alternate major of choice.  Decisions for the TBSN & LVN to BSN major are completed and communicated until July.  Transfer applicants should plan their Intent to Enroll and fee based on the alternate major of choice due to limited admissions into TBSN & LVN to BSN.  Applicants not accepted into the Nursing major by the start of the fall term will not be able to switch majors or apply to the impacted major at a later date.

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