Admission Selection Process (Impaction)
In addition to meeting the Academic Requirements, admission to San José State is competitive because SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than space available. We call this competitive Admission process Impaction in the California State University (CSU) system. This means that meeting the minimum California State University (CSU) requirements does not guarantee admission to SJSU.
Impaction Criteria for Freshmen
CSU eligible freshman applicants will be ranked in each major based on a combination of their self-reported GPA (at the time you apply) and official SAT or ACT test scores (called the Eligibility Index or EI).
- Fall 2017 freshmen impaction results can be found on our Fall 2017 impaction results page.
- Fall 2016 freshmen impaction results can be found on our Fall 2016 impaction results page.
- Freshmen impaction results for previous application terms are listed on our impaction results for previous term page.
As of fall 2017, freshmen applicants to programs in the College of Engineering will be ranked using a modified eligibility index that will weigh the math section of the SAT more heavily that the evidence-based reading and writing/critical reading section.
Choose Your Major and Alternate Major Carefully
It is important to understand that though all majors are impacted, the admission threshold for each major varies, depending on the capacity of the major to take new students, and the number of students applying for that major in that term.
We encourage you to apply for the major in which you intend to earn a degree. Change of major is prohibited during the application and admission process. After you are admitted, change of major is never guaranteed and is by petition only. Your mandatory orientation, advising and registration will all be based on your choice of major.
In addition, we encourage you to look at the admission thresholds by major at SJSU for recent terms, and to apply to an alternative campus that offers your major.
Alternate Major: You must enter an alternative major on your application to SJSU. Beginning with the Fall 2017 admission cycle, we will consider the alternate major for those applicants who did not meet the impaction threshold to their first choice major. We will only admit to alternate majors if there is additional capacity for new student enrollment in that major.
View a complete list of degrees, including graduate degrees and credentials.
San José State gives preference in the competitive admission process to “local” applicants. For freshmen, you are considered a “local” applicant if you will graduate from a high school in Santa Clara County. For transfer applicants, you are considered a “local” applicant if you will earn the majority of your transferable units at a college located in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz county.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to an alternative campus that offers your preferred major.