Early Start

CSU Early Start Program

We anticipate the return of the systemwide Early Start Program (ESP) in Summer 2021.

CSU Early Start Program

The Early Start Program serves CSU admitted freshmen who have not demonstrated proficiency in written communication and/or mathematics/quantitative reasoning as determined by systemwide placement standards. Participation in the Early Start Program is required for students needing skills development in these areas; students will be expected to enroll in a written communication course or a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course (but not both) during the summer period prior to the start of the fall term. Students required to participate in the Early Start Program may choose to enroll at any CSU campus; the earned baccalaureate credit will be transferred seamlessly to the student’s destination campus.

The goals of the Early Start Program are to:

  • Better prepare students in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the start of the fall semester of the freshman year;
  • Add an important and timely assessment tool in preparing students for college; and
  • Improve the opportunity for students to successfully complete their college degrees.

Fees and Financial Aid

Early Start courses offered at any of the CSU campuses will consist of the same fee rate. The current fee estimate is $191 per unit and is subject to change based on approved fee increases. Campus parking and course books may also be required for purchase.

Early Start fee waivers will be available for those demonstrating need. California residents who apply for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution of $5,500 or less will be eligible for a waiver for any course meeting Early Start Program requirements. 

Student Support for Early Start Program

If you have questions about the ESP, please email esp@fullerton.edu.

Registration questions about ESP, please call (657) 278-7601.

ESP grades are received electronically from all CSU campuses. If there is an issue with your grade being received you can email us a copy to esp@fullerton.edu or fax it to us at (657) 278-1197.

CSU Early Start Course Options

CSU Fullerton freshmen are encouraged to complete their Early Start Program activities at CSU Fullerton, if at all possible. This will afford them an opportunity to integrate into the campus and will provide the smoothest transition to their fall semester English and math instruction.  Students may also participate in Early Start program offered at any other CSU campus. This may be appropriate for non-local students.  To see all CSU ESP course offerings visit http://csusuccess.org/earlystartOpens in new window .


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