Impaction Information

Freshmen Impaction

Humboldt State University is an impacted campus at the freshman level and will use supplemental admissions criteria to admit first-time freshmen for the fall 2017 semester.

Applicants from the Humboldt State defined local area will be admitted based on CSU systemwide eligibility criteria. SAT or ACT scores are required for all students with a grade point average below a 3.00. Test scores must be submitted by the deadline indicated on your Student Center To-Do-List.  All applicants are urged to take the SAT or ACT since campuses may use test results for advising and placement.  Our local area is defined as those students graduating from high schools in Humboldt, Del Norte, Northern Mendocino, and Western Trinity counties.

Freshman applicants from schools outside of the Humboldt State defined local area who are CSU eligible will be rank ordered by eligibility index and admission offers will be made in descending order of eligibility until the freshman class is full. SAT or ACT scores are required for all students with a grade point average below a 3.00 (3.61 for non-residents).  All applicants are urged to take the SAT or ACT since campuses may use test results for advising and placement. Test scores must be submitted by the deadline indicated on your Student Center To-Do-List.

A small percentage of the freshman class may be admitted based on eligibility index and additional characteristics including first generation college status, socioeconomic factors, skills or talents that align with or contribute to special university programs, and evidence of overcoming educational obstacles.

All freshman applicants must complete the required subject matter requirements with grades of C or better by the date of high school graduation. Course requirements may not be completed during the summer after high school graduation.

Major-specific Requirements

  • Fall 2017 admissions criteria will use a minimum GPA of 2.5 (as of March 24, 2017) for Environmental Science & Management 3.0 for Wildlife,  2.7 (as of April 14, 2017) for Biology, Botany, Zoology and must continue to meet all subject requirements.
  • High school GPA is calculated using only a - g courses, and is weighted for Honors, AP, and/or IB

Transfer Impaction

The following supplemental admission criteria will be used for academic year 2017-2018

  • Upper Division applicants in Biology, Botany, Wildlife or Zoology must have completed the following combination of coursework (three courses minimum) all with grades of C- or better:
    • One semester of pre-calculus mathematics required
      • MATH 115: Algebra & Elementary Functions
      • or higher level mathematics also accepted, e.g. MATH 109-Calculus I
    • And, complete at least two of the following courses designed for majors in the sciences
      • BIOL 105: Principles of Biology with lab
      • BOT 105: General Botany with lab
      • ZOOL 110: Introductory Zoology with lab
      • CHEM 109: General Chemistry I with lab (one semester of general chemistry typical for a biology major with lab)
      • CHEM 107 is acceptable for Wildlife
  • Upper Division Transfer applicants in Environmental Science & Management must have completed at least one of the following courses with grades of C- or better:
    • STAT (108 or 109)
    • CHEM 107
    • BOT 105 or BIOL 105
    • EMP 105 or ENVS 110
    • GSP 101
  • Upper Division Transfer applicants in Environmental Resources Engineering must have completed one semester of calculus with a grade of C- or better:
    • MATH 109: Calculus I
    • NOTE: Transfer applicants to the ERE major are NOT required to complete GE area A Critical Thinking.
  • Upper Division Transfer applicants in Social Work must have completed the following pre-requisite courses (or their equivalent):
    • Statistics (STAT 108)
    • Introduction to Ethnic Studies (ES 105), Introduction to Native American Studies (NAS 104), or Power & Privilege (CRGS 108)
    • Introduction to Social Work (SW 104)
    • Beginning Social Work Experience (SW 255) (or related experience) and,
    • Submit a writing sample that addresses demonstrated professional commitment to Northern California and/or Tribal communities.