About the Early Start Program
The Early Start Program is a CSU enrollment requirement for First-time Freshmen who do not perform well on the English (EPT) and/or Mathematics (ELM) placement tests*. The goal of Early Start is to better prepare you in math and English before your first semester begins so that you have a better chance of completing a college degree.
*If you are not otherwise exempt, you must take the EPT and/or ELM placement tests. Common exemptions are high scores on standardized tests, such as the SAT, ACT, EAP or AP exams. If required to take the placement tests, your Early Start requirement will be based on these results. Students will be informed about their requirement to test and complete Early Start throughout the application and admission process.
Freshmen who score below 147 on the EPT and below 50 on the ELM will be required to participate in Early Start.
You have the option of taking your Early Start courses at CSU Stanislaus, another CSU, or a community college (with prior approval). Please note that some CSU campuses offer online Early Start classes. CSU Stanislaus does not have online Early Start classes.
Confirm April 1- June 12
Indicate where you will complete your Early Start requirement at my.csustan.edu. The Smart Page is only available after accepting admission.
Register April - June 26
Follow the registration instructions of the CSU or community college selected. For CSU Stanislaus, 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).
Participation & Exceptions
You must complete the CSU Early Start Program by:
- Completing an on-campus course at CSU Stanislaus,
- Complete a course at another CSU close to you (classes available online) or
- Complete a course at a California community college - call (209) 667-3152 for prior approval
Click here for the CSU statewide Early Start Program schedule, including CSU Stanislaus courses. The 2015 summer schedule should become available by February. If interested in taking a community college course, you must follow their registration timeline and requirements, which may require taking their placement test.
Early Start is a requirement for Fall enrollment. However, if you have circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from participating in any Early Start class, you must submit a written appeal to Ron Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org. The appeal must be typed and it must include the extenuating circumstance that you feel shows your inability to participate in the Early Start Program. All appeal requests are due by June 5, 2015.
Students in the following categories are automatically waived from Early Start:
- EOP Summer Bridge Program participants (English and Math)
- Program for Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) participants (English only)
- International students (English and Math) and
- Non California residents (English and Math).
As soon as the respective office (EOP or PACE) notifies Admissions of you official program participation, your Smart Page will be updated to reflect the campus waiver. International and non-residents do not have to take any action.
If you will be taking Early Start at another CSU, you should receive registration and payment (if not eligible for the Early Start financial aid waiver) instructions from that campus.
Click here for the CSU statewide Early Start Program schedule and search for the CSU you have selected to find their class offerings. Even though Early Start is a statewide program, each CSU campus offers a different Early Start course, including different numbering and titles. On the statewide schedule you will find course descriptions that may include required EPT/ELM scores, or if a course will only satisfy the Early Start requirement (there is no possibility of “moving up”), and any other important information. Dates and times are also listed. Classes are offered throughout the summer, but classes fill up fast so register no later than June 26. Proof of registration will be requested.
If you are looking for an online Early Start course, you can search by subject and filter the results by clicking on the header titled “Online?”.
Community College Option If you will be taking Early Start at a California community college, you must first receive approval by calling (209) 667-3152. You will need to follow the community college’s registration and payment timeline, which may require submitting an admission application and taking their placement test(s).
Community college courses that will be approved meet the below conditions:
- 1 level below General Education English Composition
- 1 or 2 levels below General Education Mathematics
Upon completion of the course you must request official transcripts to be sent to:
CSU Stanislaus Admissions Office One University Circle Turlock, CA 95382
Courses & Schedule
At CSU Stanislaus the following Early Start classes are offered on the Turlock main campus. Limited sections will be offered at the Stockton campus.
Click here for the CSU statewide Early Start Program schedule, including CSU Stanislaus courses. The 2015 summer schedule should become available by February.
Please note that students are allowed to take up to two classes in the same subject. Because the Early Start Math classes at CSU Stanislaus have the possibility of advancement you could complete your remediation in the summer if you plan properly. Remember, the Early Start financial aid waiver is determined at the time of registration. So it is possible to be eligible for the fee waiver for the first class, but then no longer be eligible for the fee waiver for a second course.
ESM 0103 - Pre- and Beginning Algebra (4 units)
ELM score of 32 or below
Students earning CR in ESM 0103 are eligible to enroll in either MATH 0106 or Math 0110 in the Fall. Students who participate sufficiently in ESM 0103 but have not made sufficient progress for improved math placement receive a grade of RP. A grade of RP means you will need to take Math 0103 in the Fall even though you have satisfied the Math Early Start requirement.
ESM 0106 - Intermediate Algebra for Non-Math/Sci (4 units)
ELM score of 34-48
Students earning CR in ESM 0106 are eligible to enroll in GE level mathematics in the Fall. Students who participate sufficiently in ESM 0106 but have not made sufficient progress for improved math placement receive a grade of RP. RP does not make students eligible for GE level mathematics classes, but does satisfy the Early Start requirement. If you receive a grade of RP you will need to either take Math 0106 or Math 0110 in the Fall.
ESM 0099 - College Prep Math (1 unit)
Any ELM score below 50, but highly recommended for those with either 28-32 or 44-48
Students earning CR in ESM 0099 are eligible to advance to the next level of mathematics based on their placement score. Students who participate sufficiently in lab activities but have not made sufficient progress for improved math placement receive a grade of RP. A grade of RP does not allow students to advance to the next level of remediation, nor does it make students eligible for GE level mathematics classes but does satisfy the Math Early Start requirement. Please note a credit card purchase of software is required for this course.
ESE 0110 - Composition Workshop (1 unit)
ESE 1000 - Introduction to Composition (3 units)
Any EPT score below 147
The Early Start English courses only satisfy the Early Start requirement. Since CSU Stanislaus has implemented a Directed Self-Placement option for first-year composition, you have the opportunity to make your own decision about which composition course to enroll in after completing Early Start (if attending CSU Stanislaus in the fall).
Cost & Fee Waiver
Early Start Programs offered at any of the CSU campuses have a common fee. Currently, the Early Start fees are $182 per unit plus $2 for campus related fees (subject to change). Fees for course instruction materials may also apply. Costs will vary if you elect to complete this requirement through an approved California Community College course.
Miscellaneous costs: A parking permit is required when parking in any of the parking lots on campus. Please click here for more information.
California residents who apply for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less may be eligible for a waiver of the per unit fee. You will be notified in your student center at my.csustan.edu if you are eligible for the fee waiver. Note: The fee waiver does not cover any course instruction materials such as textbooks or software. If taking Early Start Math 99 at CSU Stanislaus, a credit card will be required to purchase the ALEKS software.
You are allowed to take up to two courses in the same subject, but please note that the Early Start financial aid waiver is determined at the time of registration. So it is possible to be eligible for the fee waiver for the first class, but then no longer be eligible for the fee waiver for a second course.
Tuition fees are subject to change without prior notice. As approved by the CSU Board of Trustees & CSU Stanislaus Student Fee Advisory committee.
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Failure to pay will result in cancellation of your Early Start course(s).
Check your student portal to verify tuition fees http://my.csustan.edu/
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Please make checks payable to "CSU Stanislaus" and include your Student ID#.