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Program Description

The CSU Board of Trustees mandated the Early Start Program as a system-wide solution to educating numbers of incoming freshmen students requiring remediation in mathematics and English. The goals of Early Start include: better preparation of new students for college-level work, better assessment of academic preparation, and improved likelihood of students' successful degree completion.

Beginning Fall 2012, all California residents admitted as first-time freshmen to a CSU who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English must enroll in remediation courses in the Summer Early Start Program. This summer enrollment is mandatory. If a student is required to enroll in summer course(s) and fails to do so, he/she will be ineligible to enroll at any of the CSU campuses in Fall 2016.

Freshmen who are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) exam are strongly encouraged to prepare and study in order to do well on the tests. Test results will determine whether enrollment in Early Start is required.

Freshmen Exempt from Early Start:

  • Freshmen who are not California residents
  • Freshmen who are international students
  • Freshmen who clear both English and mathematics remediation requirements by their high school graduation date

Clearing the Requirement:

To clear remediation requirements, freshmen must present proof of one of the following:

Proof Type English Math
SAT Reasoning Critical Reading: 500 or higher Mathematics: 550 or higher
ACT English: 22 or higher Mathematics: 23 or higher
EPT and ELM EPT: 147 or higher ELM: 50 or higher
EAP (Early Assessment Program) "Exempt" OR "Ready for college-level English coursework" "Exempt" OR "Ready for college-level Mathematics coursework"
EAP Mathematics Conditional Status   Conditional and a C or higher grade in an approved year-long, senior-year mathematics experience, Intermediate Algebra, or higher-level mathematics
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam English: 3, 4, or 5 score Calculus (AB or BC): 3, 4, or 5 score
Statistics: 3, 4, or 5 score
College Board SAT Subject Test   Mathematics (Level 1 or 2): 550 or higher
College Course C or higher grade in Written Communication C or higher grade in a course above Intermediate Algebra level

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Cal Poly Extended Education
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: 805-756-2053