About the Early Start Program
The Early Start Program is a CSU enrollment requirement for First-time Freshmen who need to improve their skills in English and mathematics the summer prior to fall entry*. The goal of Early Start is to better prepare you for a successful academic experience.
*If you are not otherwise exempt, Early Start is required if you meet any of the below:
English Placement Test (EPT) Score = Less than 147
Entry Level Math (ELM) Score = Less than 50
Conditional EAP, ACT, SAT = If not in an approved course senior year and passed with a "C" grade or better in both terms in English or math.
You have the option of taking your Early Start courses at Stanislaus State, another CSU, or a community college (with prior approval). Please note that some CSU campuses offer online Early Start classes. Stanislaus State does not have online Early Start classes.
Confirm March 30 - June 9
Indicate where you will complete your Early Start requirement at my.csustan.edu. The Smart Page is only available after accepting admission.
Register April 4 - June 30
Follow the registration instructions of the CSU or community college selected. For Stanislaus State, allow 24 hours after completing your Smart Page to register.
Pay- If required
If you are not eligible for the Early Start financial aid fee waiver you must pay the by specified deadline or you will be dropped from your class(es).