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Transfer Impaction Criteria

General Impaction Criteria

California State University, San Bernardino is an impacted CSU campus for Undergraduate First-Year Students and Transfer students. This means that, CSUSB receives more eligible applicants during our initial application filing period than can be accommodated in the incoming class. Our campus is impacted at both the Campus and Program Level for 5 specific majors. 

Due to impaction restrictions, CSUSB does not accept second bachelor's applicants, with the exception of Nursing.

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

Campus Level Impaction 

CSUSB has a campus level impaction plan which 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 Community Colleges within San Bernardino and Riverside County. All other institutions are considered outside our local area.

Students who attended more than one institution will be classified depending on where the majority of their coursework was completed.  

Non- local Area GPA requirements are set based on the application pool for the term. The minimum qualifying GPA for applicants outside of the local area will vary depending on the number of qualified applicants received at the end of the priority application filing period and enrollment limits.

CSUSB Local Area Community Colleges

Local Area Community Colleges within San Bernardino County include:

Barstow College

Chaffey College

Copper Mountain College

Crafton Hills College

San Bernardino Valley College

Victor Valley College

Local Area Community Colleges within Riverside County include:

College of the Desert

Moreno Valley Community College

Mt. San Jacinto College

Norco Community College

Palo Verde College

Riverside Community College

Program Impaction 

CSUSB has a program level impaction plan which 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.

Applications to CSUSB are only accepted for the Fall term due to impaction, as more applications are received than can be accommodated in the incoming class. and major level impaction for five programs:

Pre-Criminal Justice

Applicants to the Pre-Criminal Justice major must submit an application within the initial filing period for the Fall term. All applicants are encouraged to identify an alternate major on their admission application. Transcripts of all completed coursework, and other required documents, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment on or before July 15.

Upper Division Transfers:

The admission of upper-division transfers to the Pre-Criminal Justice majors is based on a transferable GPA

CSUSB requires a minimum 2.70 GPA for admission.

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: https://www.csusb.edu/nursing/programs/bachelor-science-nursing

Applicants to the Pre-Nursing major must submit a university application within the initial filing period for the Fall term. All applicants are encouraged to identify an alternate major on their admission application. Transcripts of all completed coursework, and other required documents, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment on or before July 15. Admission into the Pre-Nursing and Nursing major is only available for students who are California residents.

Upper Division Transfers:

The admission of upper-division transfers to the Pre-Nursing major is based on a transferable GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework.

A minimum of 3.50 GPA is required, and a minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the following courses with an overall GPA of 3.00: Oral Communication (A1), Written Communication (A2), Critical Thinking (A3), BIOL 2200, BIOL 2230, BIOL 2240, CHEM 2070, and MATH 1201 or acceptable Statistics.

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

Applicants to Psychology majors must submit an application within the initial filing period for the Fall term. All applicants are encouraged to identify an alternate major on their admission application. Transcripts of all completed coursework, and other required documents, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment on or before July 15.

Upper Division Transfers:

The admission of upper-division transfers to all Pre-Psychology majors is based on the applicant's transferable GPA.

The minimum GPA to qualify for admission to Pre-Psychology is a 2.60.

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

Please note that 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: https://www.csusb.edu/social-work/basw

Applicants to Social Work majors must submit a university application within the initial filing period for the Fall term. All applicants are encouraged to identify an alternate major on their admission application. Transcripts of all completed coursework, and other required documents, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment on or before July 15.

Upper Division Transfers:

The admission of upper-division transfers to Social Work majors is based on the applicant's transferable GPA.

A minimum of 2.50 GPA is required for admission.

Kinesiology-Allied Health

Applicants to Kinesiology-Allied Health majors must submit an application within the initial filing period for the Fall term. All applicants are encouraged to identify an alternate major on their admission application. Transcripts of all completed coursework, and other required documents, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment by July 15.

Upper Division Transfers:

The admission of upper-division transfers to Kinesiology-Allied Health majors is based on transferable GPA and completion of prerequisite coursework.

A minimum of 3.20 GPA is required, and applicants must receive a minimum grade of "C" in each of the following courses: MATH 1601 or MATH 2210, BIOL 2230 & 2240, and one set from: CHEM 2100/L CHEM 2200/L, PHYS 2000/L PHYS 2010/L, or PHYS 2500/L PHYS 2510/L.