Early Start Program

Contact Information

(209) 667-3152

About the Early Start Program

The CSU Early Start Program is designed for First-time Freshmen who need supported instruction in written communication (ENGL) and mathematics. The goal of Early Start is to better prepare you for a successful academic experience. Participation will be determined by CSU placement policy.

Summer 2019

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. You can get an overview of the Early Start Program by reviewing the presentation below or downloading its slides.



May - June: Indicate where you will complete your Early Start requirement at my.csustan.edu. The Early Start Program link is only available after accepting admission. If you are required to do Early Start in both math and written communication (ENGL), you can choose which subject to enroll in. If you are a STEM major, we recommend you enroll in math. Additional details will be emailed in May.



May - June: Follow the registration instructions of the CSU or community college selected. If you are attending Early Start courses at Stanislaus State, please view our registration instructions document.



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 meet your Early Start Requirement


Courses at Stan State


Cost & Fee Waiver