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Impaction and Applying to the Psychology Major

The Chancellor's Office of the California State University has granted the Psychology Department impaction status for its undergraduate major program. Students applying to the major are required to submit a supplemental application. New applicants, including transfer students, must be admitted to the University prior to applying to the major.

 To apply to the undergraduate psychology major, you must meet all of the following supplemental admission criteria:

  • New and returning students must meet the CSU admission requirements and must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must have completed PSYC 2 (Introductory Psychology; 3 semester units), or its articulated equivalents, with a grade of “C” or higher within 2 attempts. Courses in progress at the time the supplemental application is submitted are not accepted.
  • Students must have completed at least 30 semester units.
  • Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.3 in all college level courses.

Admission of majors to the Psychology program will be based on a rank ordering of eligible applicants according to their overall GPA. Applicants will be accepted for available spaces up to the departmental capacity.  The GPA cut-off for Spring 2015 admission to the major was 2.3. 

There are information sessions that provide additional information on applying to the Psychology major.  We strongly encourage you to attend one of the following three available information sessions:

1. September 4, 2015 from 1:30pm - 3pm in AMD 308

2. September 17, 2015 from 5:15pm - 6:45pm in AMD 151

3. October 2, 2015 from 1:30pm - 3pm in TAH 1026   

For Applicants pursuing a Transfer Associate of Arts (AA-T) or Associate of Science (AS-T) Degree in Psychology:

  • For the AA-T or AS-T to be considered in the Sacramento State admission decision, the applicant must be pursuing the approved AA-T or AS-T in Psychology at the time of application and must be on-track for completing the approved program prior to Fall 2013.
  • If the above is met, the AA-T or AS-T degree curriculum is used in lieu of the Psychology major specific courses
  • If you are pursuing a AA-T or AS-T in Psychology, submit a copy of the completed degree evaluation (Verification of Intent to Earn AA-T or AS-T) document from your California Community College. The document must be mailed to Sacramento State Admissions Office, Lassen Hall 1100, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6048. 

The Supplemental Application period for Spring 2016 is now open.  You will be able to access the Supplemental Application for Spring 2016 from August 31, 2015 to October 16, 2015.  The following link can be used to access the Supplemental Application at this time.