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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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The Fall, 2020 Application Deadline Has Been Extended for

 - B.S. in Business Administration: International Business and Logistics
 - B.A. in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs
 - B.S. in Oceanography

Apply as soon as possible at www.calstate.edu/apply

Students wanting to apply to the following majors for Fall, 2020 should call or email the Admission Office for availability:

 - B.S. in Facilities Engineering Technology
 - B.S. in Marine Transportation
 - B.S. in Marine Engineering Technology
 - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (General Option)
 - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (U.S. Coast Guard License Option)

Cal Maritime, Office of Admission
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590

(707) 654-1330 (Office)
(707) 654-1336 (FAX)
admission@csum.edu

Admission Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Scheduled Breaks/Holidays:

Mar 30:      No Classes but Campus Tours Available
Mar 31:      Cesar Chavez Holiday,
                  Campus Closed, No Campus Tours
Apr 1-3:     No Classes but Campus Tours Available
Apr 23:      Spring Classes End
Apr 24:      Finals, Campus Tours Available
Apr 27 - May 1:
                  Finals, Campus Tours Available

Admission Office Resources

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


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