Major impaction means that the number of applications from fully eligible students to a designated major during the initial filing period far exceeds the number of spaces available in that major.  All transfer applicants from a US institution must meet minimum CSU requirements. Additional supplemental admission criteria may be required for admission into an impacted major program. International transfer students from foreign institutions are not held to minimum CSU admission requirements including the 4 basic subject areas.

Proposed Changes to Campus Impaction Effective Fall 2020

San Francisco State University has submitted a request to the Chancellor of the California State University to discontinue program impaction for the following five majors on both the freshman and transfer levels:

  • Biology – all options
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Sociology

Lifting program impaction from these majors allows the University to offer admission to California residents that apply to these majors and meet minimum CSU eligibility requirements. This change will result in providing access to a broader range of new students to an SFSU education.

Non-residents of California and international applicants must continue to meet higher minimum admission requirements, regardless of major.

  • Accounting Concentration in Business
  • Biology (all concentrations)
  • Biochemistry (BS) / Chemistry (BA)
  • Chemistry (BS)
  • Criminal Justice (BA)
  • Health Education
  • Industrial Design
  • Kinesiology (all concentrations)
  • Nursing
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Visual Communication Design

Schedule of Hearings

To receive input from the public regarding these proposed changes, hearings will be held on:

Friday, 02/22/19, 11 a.m. — noon, City of College of San Francisco, MUB 39 (Room M27)

Friday, 03/01/19, 4 — 6 p.m., College of San Mateo, Building 10, Room 468

Monday, 03/04/19, 11 a.m. — noon, SFSU, Student Services Building, Room 101


For comments on these changes, please send an email to