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What is Impaction?

Program impaction (or major impaction) occurs when the number of applications from students to a designated major on a CSU campus during the initial filing period far exceeds the number of spaces available in that major.

While there are many factors that can cause the impaction of a major, in general, it is caused by the popularity of a program increasing while the number of spaces in a program must remain constant or cannot keep pace with the rising number of applications.

How Does Impaction Affect the Admission Process?

Since not all on-time applicants meeting CSU eligibility can be admitted, the admission process for an impacted program becomes competitive. The level of competition depends on the number applying to a major and the academic strength of the applicants.

Various types of sorting and enhanced application factors may be considered by the campus:

  • Applicants can be sorted or prioritized based on:
    • Grade point average
    • Test scores such as the SAT or ACT
    • The CSU Eligibility Index (combining both grade point average and test scores)
  • The application evaluation process may go beyond meeting basic CSU eligibility requirements.
    • Minimum test score
    • Specific high school course(s) may be added as an admission requirement for applicants in the category of "first-time freshmen" or "lower-division transfer"
    • Specific college course(s) may be added as an admission requirement for applicants in the category of "upper-division transfer"
    • A subjective review process incorporating factors such as extra-curricular activity, academic achievement, or life experience may be considered
  • A student residing in a CSU campus' Local Service Area may also be considered in an impacted admission process.  All areas in California are part of a Local Service Area of at least one CSU campus.  The California Maritime Academy is one of two CSU campuses that have no Local Service Area.  Cal Maritime serves the entire state of California.

Any enhanced admission recommendations or requirements are clearly stated in admission materials produced by the CSU campus.

 


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Apply for Spring 2021 for majors in International Business & Logistics, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, and Oceanography between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Apply for Fall 2021 for all majors between October 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Admission Office Hours

Note that the staff is working from home answering calls and emails,
M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm

admission@csum.edu  
To be forwarded to staff home numbers, call 707-654-1330 and select the proper number when prompted

FAX: (707) 654-1336 (operational 24/7)

Cal Maritime, Admissions Office
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

Admission Office Resources

Admission Process Deadlines
Annual Security Report (Jeanne Cleary Act)
Cal Maritime New Price & Cost Calculator


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Last updated: 8/27/20