Early Start Program

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.

Summer 2016

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 April 1- June 10

Indicate where you will complete your Early Start requirement at my.csustan.edu. The Smart Page is only available after accepting admission.

How to Confirm

Register April - July 1

Follow the registration instructions of the CSU or community college selected. For Stanislaus State, allow 24 hours after completing your Smart Page to register.

How 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).

How to Pay

Participation & Exceptions


Going Elsewhere


Courses & Schedule


Cost & Fee Waiver