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First-Year Student Impaction Criteria

General Impaction Information

California State University, San Bernardino is impacted at a program level for Undergraduate First-Year and Transfer students. This means that, CSUSB continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces for the following majors: Criminal Justice, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, and Kinesiology - Applied Health. 

Additional information about CSU Impaction, and how it can effect you can be found at the CSU, Chancellor's Office website

CSUSB's program level impaction plan allows us to accommodate local and non-local California and Non-Resident students. As part of our impaction plan, prioritized admission is given to local students.

CSUSB has defined its local area to include specific public, private and parochial High Schools within San Bernardino and Riverside County. All other institutions are considered outside our local area.

CSUSB Local Area High Schools

Local Area School Districts within San Bernardino County include:

Apple Valley Unified

Chaffey Joint Unified High

Colton Joint Unified

Fontana Unified

Hesperia Unified

Morongo Unified

Redlands Unified

Rialto Unified

Rim of the World Unified

San Bernardino City Unified

Snowline Joint Unified

Victor Valley Union High

Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified

Private and parochial schools within San Bernardino County include:

Academy for Academic Excellence

Apple Valley Christian Baptist

Aquinas High School

Arrowhead Christian Academy

Bloomington Christian K-12

Calvary Chapel Christian School

Casa Ramona Academy for Techno

Hesperia Christian School

Loma Linda Academy

Middle College High

Ontario Christian High

Public Safety Academy

Victor Valley Christian School

Local Area School Districts within Riverside County include:

Alvord Unified

Banning Unified

Beaumont Unified

Coachella Valley Unified

Desert Sands Unified

Jurupa Unified

Moreno Valley Unified

Nuview Union

Perris Unified

Palm Springs Unified

Riverside Unified

Val Verde Unified

Private and parochial schools within Riverside County include:

Baptist Christian

California Lutheran High School

Christian School of the Desert

Heritage High

Palm Springs Christian High School

Riverside Christian High School

Sherman Indian High School

Woodcrest Christian School

 

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Program Impaction 

Applications to impacted majors are only accepted for the Fall term.

All Applicants are encouraged to identify an alternate major on their admission application.

At time of application, the high school grade point average is calculated using the college prep "a-g" coursework completed in the 10th and 11th grade year.  All college prep "a-g" coursework taken between 9th to 12th grade is reviewed to ensure all course requirements are met.  

If eligibility is not met with GPA alone, the Multi Factor Admission Score (MFAS) will be applied.

 

Multi Factor Admission Score

This MFAS score is a combination of your GPA in A-G coursework, and additional applicant attributes such as work experience, and participation in educational programs, veterans status, etc. The combination of GPA and attributes will provide a score that will determine whether you are eligible for admission to the campus and major you are applying for.

The SAT or ACT is no longer required and will not be utilized as part of the Multi Factor Admission Score.

As an impacted campus, at the first-year student level, San Bernardino will use Multi Factor Admission Score for all programs for California residents and graduates of California high schools earning a 2.50 or greater “a-g” GPA and Non-California residents may be eligible for admission to the CSU by earning a 3.00 or greater “a-g” GPA. CSU San Bernardino may also review applicants with an “a-g” GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 using supplemental factors.

 

Program level impaction criteria apply to five specific majors at CSUSB:

Pre-Criminal Justice

Applicants will be required to meet a minimum 3.00 GPA to be reviewed for admission.

Students whose GPA’s are between 2.51 - 2.99 will be considered as space is available after a review of the overall applicant pool.

 

Pre-Nursing

Please note that admission into CSUSB’s Nursing Program is a 2-step process that will require an application to the Nursing major later in your academic career at CSUSB. Please visit the Department of Nursing website to get more specific information regarding the application process and requirements. 

Applicants to the Pre-Nursing major must submit an application within the initial filing period for the Fall term.  Admission into the Pre-Nursing and Nursing major is only available for students who are California residents.

Applicants will be required to meet a minimum 3.70 GPA to be reviewed for admission.

Students whose GPA’s are between 3.21 - 3.69 will be considered as space is available after a review of the overall applicant pool.

Please note: Only students admitted to the university as a pre-nursing student will be eligible for consideration and acceptance into the nursing pre-licensure program, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and preparation for licensure as an RN. Students cannot submit a change of major to Pre-Nursing / Nursing once they have been admitted to the university under a different major.

Pre-Psychology includes Biological Psychology and Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Applicants will be required to meet a minimum 3.00 GPA to be reviewed for admission.

Students whose GPA’s are between 2.61 - 2.99 will be considered as space is available after a review of the overall applicant pool.

Please note: During the admission process, First-Year Students apply to the Pre-Psychology major. In order to advance into the Psychology program, a minimum University GPA of 2.25 is required. Additionally, students must receive a minimum grade of 'C' in each of the following courses with an overall GPA of 2.50: Written Communication (A1), Mathematics (B1), PSYC 1100, PSYC 1101, PSYC 2210 and 2211.

Pre-Social Work

Admission into CSUSB’s Social Work Major is a 2-step process that will require an application to the Social Work Department later in your academic career at CSUSB. Please visit the Department of Social Work website to get more specific information regarding the application process and requirements.

Applicants will be required to meet a minimum 3.00 GPA to be reviewed for admission. 

Students whose GPA’s are between 2.51 - 2.99 will be considered as space is available after a review of the overall applicant pool.

Kinesiology-Allied Health

Applicants will be required to meet a minimum 3.20 GPA to be reviewed for admission. 

Students whose GPA’s are between 2.71 - 3.19 will be considered as space is available after a review of the overall applicant pool.