The California State University (CSU) system created "Early Start" to better prepare students in mathematics and English composition before their first term at the CSU, thereby improving their chances of completing a college degree. Incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level mathematics and/or English composition will be required to begin remediation during the summer before coming to the CSU.
- Early Start is required for incoming freshmen who did not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English on the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) and/or the English Placement Test (EPT), or other assessment methods.
- The program takes place the summer before the freshmen year.
- CSULA will inform students who must attend Early Start, how and where to sign up after they submit their Enrollment Confirmation Deposit.
- Early Start math and English courses will be available at every CSU campus and online.
- Financial aid will be available for those who demonstrate need via the FAFSA.
Recommended System-wide ELM/EPT test date
February 8 and
Deadline to accept CSULA offer of admission and submit Enrollment Confirmation Deposit
Begin declaring where Early Start will be completed.
Students may begin to log on to GET to access the Early Start Smart Page and declare where they will attend Early Start.You must submit the $100.00 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) before you can declare where you will complete Early Start.
Deadline to declare where Early Start will be completed
Registration begins for CSULA Early Start courses
Deadline to register for CSULA Early Start courses
Deadline for final official high school transcrit and test scores to CSULA
Session 1 of Early Start courses begins
Session 2 of Early Start courses begins
This session is limited to Cal State L.A. destination students only.
*Priority deadline - After this date, students may continue to declare/enroll for Early Start Program on a space available basis.
All students who have an ELM score less than 50. Note that students who were deemed conditionally exempt in mathematics based on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) do not have to participate. The EAP indicator can be found on a student’s STAR/CST score sheet issued at the end of junior year. Contact the EAP office at CSULA for additional information, (323) 343-3130..
All students who have an EPT score less than 138.
- International students and residents of other states.
- Students participating in the EOP Summer Bridge program or summer workshop program or the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology STEP program.
- Students exempt from the ELM and or EPT testing requirement based on their EAP, SAT, ACT, or AP test scores.
- NOTE: Exempt students, who still wish to participate in Early Start, are not eligible for an Early Start Program fee waiver.
Your Early Start required participation is based on your EPT and ELM test scores. If you are exempt from the EPT and/or ELM based on your EAP, SAT, ACT, or AP test scores, then you are likely also exempt from Early Start. For more information, please call the CSULA Testing Center at 323-343-3160 to verify your exemption. Please have your CIN (campus identification number) on hand to better assist you.
If you missed the EPT/ELM testing deadline, and are not exempt from the requirement using other methods, you will not be allowed to enroll at CSULA for Fall Quarter 2013.
You may complete the CSU Early Start Program by:
- Completing specified Early Start courses at CSULA;
- Completing Early Start courses at another CSU campus
- To view specific courses, please visit the Early Start Program schedule at http://earlystart.csusuccess.org/csu_campus
After submitting the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit, eligible students may begin to log on to GET to access the Early Start Smart Page and declare where Early Start will be completed. The Early Start Smart Page will be available on GET beginning May 1. Review our step-by-step instructions on how to access the Early Start Smart Page. The priority deadline to declare your Early Start plans is May 29, 2013. After May 29, students may still declare on a space available basis.
Early Start classes will be offered over two sessions, during July and August 2013. Specific dates and times vary, depending on where you take the class and whether you need English composition and/or mathematics. For specific dates/times, please visit the following address:http://earlystart.csusuccess.org/csu_campus
If you are taking Early Start at CSULA but will attend another CSU campus in the Fall, you are considered a ‘service student’ and may only register for those sessions held in July. This will ensure that your campus will receive your Early Start credits in a timely manner.
If you have an extreme or extenuating circumstance beyond your control preventing you from completing the mandatory Early Start requirement during the summer, you can petition for an exception using the form available at the following address: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/aa/ugs/3651pet.pdf
Complete the section entitled “Other”. Petitions must be submitted to the University Advisement Center, Library Palmer Wing, Room 1040A at Cal State L.A. Please include your name, CSULA CIN, and the purpose of and justification for the petition.
Yes, housing is available for participants who are at least 17 years of age. Space is limited, and reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information regarding temporary summer on-campus housing, Visit http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/admiss/estart/doc/Letter - Early Start Program.pdf
CSU site: http://www.csusuccess.org/earlystart
- For application and admission requirements, see the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
- For testing dates and registration procedures, see the University Testing Center.
- For financial aid application procedures and information, see the Center for Student Financial Aid.
Please note that all fees are subject to change.
The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.