CSU Early Start Program
The CSU system recently enacted a policy known as "Early Start" requiring incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin remediation during the summer before coming to the CSU. The goals of Early Start are to better prepare students in math and English before their first semester, thereby improving their chances of completing a college degree.
Early Start Student Participation
Math: All students who have not demonstrated college readiness must participate.
- ELM score less than 50.
- CAASPP EAP, SAT or ACT Conditional Math students that did not meet their conditions (taking higher level math in senior year or passing the course)
- Students that did not earn an exemption based on the CAASPP EAP, SAT, ACT, AP, IB or completing a college level course that fulfills requirement in quantitative reasoning with a grade of C or better.
English: All students who have not demonstrated college readiness must participate.
- EPT score less than 147.
- CAASPP EAP, SAT or ACT Conditional English students that did not meet their conditions (taking higher level English in senior year)
- Students that did not earn an exemption based on the CAASPP EAP, SAT, ACT, AP, IB or completing a college level course that satisfies the requirement of English Comprehension with a grade of C or better.
Students requiring remediation in BOTH English and math will be required to begin to address BOTH subject areas in the Early Start Program.
The following students will not be required to participate.
- International students
- Residents of other states
- Admits after August 1st
- International students (not eligible to for ESP)
Early Start Process
- First-time freshmen who are planning to attend CSUF or any CSU campus (and have not earned an exemption from the ELM/EPT or are not Conditionally Exempt based on EAP, SAT or ACT test) are encouraged to take these required placement exams as early as possible, preferably by April and no later than the May test date. You can register for the ELM/EPT at https://ept-elm.ets.org/.
- Upon admission, CSUF will inform students who are not exempt, how and where to register for Early Start.
- Admitted freshmen must accept their CSUF offer of admission and pay the enrollment deposit by May 1st.
- Students must declare how they will fulfill the Early Start requirement by June 16th using the CSU Smart Page.
- Students can start registering for their Early Start Program courses beginning May 17th.
CSU Early Start Course Options
- CSUF freshmen are encouraged to complete their Early Start program activities at CSUF, 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.
CSUF’s Early Start program consists of both one and three unit course options in English and math. One unit courses offer students an intensive week long learning experience and will fulfill the Early Start requirement. Three unit courses offer students the option of completing a full semester of remedial coursework; thus, enabling them to move up a level or complete remediation and enter college-level coursework in the fall. Courses will be scheduled from mid-June until early August. Some online courses will be available.
- Students may also participate in Early Start program offered at any other CSU campus. This may be appropriate for non-local students. Some CSU campuses are planning to offer online course options as well.
- Students may wish to take an approved course at their local community college. Be aware that space in traditional English and math developmental courses may be very limited at many community colleges.
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 $182 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 $5,000 or less will be eligible for a waiver for any course meeting Early Start Program requirements.
Early Start Program "Smart Page"
The Smart Page is where:
- Students will be able to view their current ELM/EPT status.
- If required, admitted CSUF students who have accepted their offer will be able to declare where they intend to fulfill their Early Start requirement.
A student will be able to access the CSUF Smart Page by:
- Logging into their Student Portal at: www.fullerton.edu
- Clicking the Titan Online tab
- Selecting the Student Center
- Under Admissions, click on Early Start Program Sign-up link
Early Start Key Deadlines
Opening of the Early Start Smart Page - students can view their status and declare intent to fulfill
April 1, 2017
ELM/EPT last date to take the test(s)
May 6, 2017
Registration opens for ESP
May 17, 2017
Deadline to complete Early Start Program Smart Page
June 16, 2017
ELM/EPT scores received by CSUF
June 20, 2017
Last Day to Register for Early Start Program English Courses at CSUF
July 19, 2017
Last Day to Register for Early Start Program Math Courses at CSUF
July 25, 2017
Deadline to complete Early Start Program activities
August 15, 2017
*** Please visit the Admissions Deadlines page to view all admission deadlines for Fall 2017. ***
Early Start Program Registration Instructions
To register for your Early Start Program courses at CSU Fullerton, you must first do the following:
- Complete your Early Start Program Smart Page within your Student Center and selected CSU Fullerton for Math and/or English.
- Submitted your ELM and/or EPT test scores to CSU Fullerton.
- Log into your Student Portal at: www.fullerton.edu
- Click the Titan Online tab
- Select the Student Center
- Under Academics, click on Enroll in Early Start link
- Click Search to view the course list
- You must enter two search criteria
- Click on Course Subject drop-down and choose “Early Start Math (ESM) or Early Start English (ESE)”
- Click the Course Career drop-down and choose “Extended Education”
- Click Search
- You will see the list of available courses
- Click on the "Select Class" tab for the class you wish to take
- You will see the course description
- Click "Next" tab
- Click the "Proceed to step 2 of 3" tab
- Click the "Finishing Enrolling" tab to complete the registration
Note: If you are eligible for an ESP fee waiver, you will be notified by a pop-up message during the registration process.
If you have questions or problems registering for your Early Start Program classes, please call Registration at (657) 278-7601.
Summer ESP Housing
Summer housing is available for students taking the Early Start Program at CSU Fullerton. Summer housing assignments will be available in the single apartments. Summer room rate is $35 per night. Assignments will be made on a first come first serve basis. Interested students must complete the Housing Interest Form. Please visit our Summer Housing website for the form, pricing and additional Summer housing information.
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FAQs on Early Start Program
What can high school juniors do to prepare?
Math and English skills are critical to success in college regardless of the intended major. Through the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP), California juniors have the opportunity to measure their English and math skills towards the end of the 11th grade. As a result, juniors are strongly encouraged to take the CAASPP/EAP test. Results are available at the beginning of the senior year and can be used to ensure students are using their senior year to become "college-ready" if they are not already. As students are planning their senior class schedules, it is important to know that a math course in the senior year is good for all students in preparing them for college success!
How can I earn an exemption from Early Start?
- Pass the ELM test with a score of 50 or higher.
- Placement in the "Ready for CSU college level math courses" on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) Mathematics
- A score of 550 or above on the Math section of the College Board old SAT Reasoning Test.
- A score of 570 or above on the Math section of the College Board new SAT Reasoning Test.
- A score 550 or more on a Mathematics SAT subject test (level 1 or level 2).
- A score of 23 or above on the ACT Math Test.
- A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Math exam (Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics).
- Completed transferable college course that fulfills requirement in quantitative reasoning with a grade of C or better.
- Placement in the “Ready for CSU college level Math courses - Conditional" on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) Mathematics and completion of a higher level Math course senior year.
- Old SAT score of 490 - 540 on the Math section of the College Board old SAT Reasoning Test (Conditional) and completion of a higher level Math course senior year.
- New SAT score of 520 - 560 on the Math section of the College Board new SAT Reasoning Test (Conditional) and completion of a higher level Math course senior year.
- ACT score of 20 - 22 on the Math section of the ACT Test (Conditional) and completion of a higher level Math course senior year.
- Pass the EPT test with a score of 147 or higher.
- Placement in the "Ready for CSU college level English courses” on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) English.
- A score of 500 or above on the Critical Reading section of the College Board old SAT Reasoning Test.
- A score of 550 or above on the EBRW section of the College Board new SAT Reasoning Test.
- A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test.
- A score of 3 or above on the Language Comprehension or Literature exam of the College Board Advanced Placement exam.
- Completed transferable college course that satisfies the requirement of English Comprehension with a grade of C or better.
- Placement in the “Ready for CSU college level English courses- Conditional” category on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) and completion of a higher level English course senior year (ERWC, Honors, AP or IB).
- Old SAT score of 460 - 490 on the Critical Reading section of the College Board old SAT Reasoning Test (Conditional) and completion of a higher level English course senior year (ERWC, Honors, AP or IB).
- New SAT score of 510 - 540 on the EBRW section of the College Board new SAT Reasoning Test (Conditional) and completion of a higher level English course senior year (ERWC, Honors, AP or IB).
- ACT score of 19 - 21 on the English section of the ACT Test (Conditional) and completion of a higher level English course senior year (ERWC, Honors, AP or IB).
Do Conditional Exempt (EAP/SAT/ACT) students have to take the Early Start Program?
Conditional Exempt students based on CAASPP/EAP, SAT or ACT, are only required to complete the Early Start Program if they do not meet their condition with successful completion of a full-year CSU approved higher level course or activity during your senior year with a grade of “C-” or higher.
What if my ELM or EPT scores are not yet available, how do I know if I am supposed to enroll in the Early Start Program?
When EPT/ELM values are not present, your SAT/ACT score values will be used to do the initial determination of your participate in the Early Start Program. Using your SAT/ACT scores does not exempt you from taking the EPT/ELM for the fall term. Furthermore, taking the EPT/ELM test early may in fact exempt you from the Early Start Program. We strongly encourage all students to take the EPT/ELM test in April, but no later than May.
Note: Cal State Fullerton will not allow you to register for an Early Start Program class unless you have taken the ELM and/or EPT test or you are Conditional based on your CAASPP/EAP, SAT or ACT tests.
If I am required to enroll in the Early Start Program, but I don't, can I still attend CSU Fullerton?
No. If you are required to enroll in the Early Start Program, you must sign up and complete your Early Start Program activity to stay eligible to enroll for the Fall. You must declare where you plan to take your Early Start Program course(s) by no later than June 15th using the ESP Smart Page in your Student Portal. You must register for Early Start Program course(s) by no later than July 21, 2017 for English and July 28, 2017 for Math. In addition, you must complete your Early Start Program activities by no later than August 15, 2017.
Can I enroll in an Early Start Program class even if I have not taken the ELM or EPT placement exam(s)?
Some CSU campuses may allow this practice. However, Cal State Fullerton requires that you take the ELM and/or EPT in order to enroll in our ESP classes unless you are Conditional based on your CAASPP/EAP, SAT or ACT tests.
If I enroll in an Early Start Program class at another campus, do I still need to take the ELM and/or EPT to come to Cal State Fullerton?
Yes, the ELM and/or EPT tests are an enrollment requirement if you are not otherwise exempt or conditionally exempt.
What if I am required to attend the Early Start Program, but cannot?
Students who are unable to start their remediation courses over the summer must submit an appeal to the Admission and Records office as soon as possible but no later than four weeks prior to the start of the Fall term. To submit your appeal, please visit the Admissions Appeal website. Appeals must include supporting documentation (evidence) to support the reason they are unable to start remediation over the summer. Appeals will be reviewed by a committee.
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