Program Description

The Early Start program invites incoming first year students to develop readiness for college-level math and/or English courses during the summer before entering the CSU. The goal of Early Start is to better prepare students in math and/or English before their first quarter, thereby improving their chances of earning a college degree.

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First Year Students Exempt from Early Start

  • First year students who are not California residents
  • First year students who are international students
  • First year students academically prepared for college-level math and/or English courses based on multiple placement tests
  • First year students participating in Summer Institute
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Based on the results of multiple pre-college placement measures, students may be required or recommended to participate in the CSU Early Start Program.

Click here for details on the CSU Placement of First Year Students Based on Academic Preparation.

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