Enrollment Requirement for Fall 2016 First-time Freshmen

The CSU Early Start Program requires incoming first-time freshmen who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level English and/or math courses to begin taking remedial courses before their first term in college. The goal of the program is to better prepare students in English and math, thereby improving their chances of completing a baccalaureate degree. 

CSU Early Start Details:

  • Early Start is required for incoming students who have not fulfilled the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) and/or English Placement Test (EPT) proficiency requirements or students who were Conditionally Ready for English or math but did not complete the approved coursework with a grade of “C-“ or better.
  • The program takes place the summer before the freshman year.
  • Upon admission, CSU campuses will inform students who are not exempt from the Early Start Program how and where to sign up.
  • Early Start math and English courses will be available at every CSU campus. You can complete your Early Start course(s) at a campus near you.
  • California residents or AB 540 students who apply for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution of $5,000 or less are eligible for a waiver of the per unit fee.
  • If you are required to take Early Start and do not sign up for the required Early Start classes, you may not be able to enroll in the fall at CI.

Table of Contents

    1. Who must participate in the Early Start Program?
    2. Where can I take Early Start?
    3. How much does it cost?
    4. How do I register?
    5. How do I pay for Early Start at CSU Channel Islands?
    6. How will my Campus know I have completed Early Start?
    7. What if I cannot participate in Early Start?
    8. What Early Start classes are available at CSU Channel Islands?
    9. Important Dates and Deadlines for CI Students
    10. Additional Resources

1. Who must participate in the Early Start Program?

Mathematics

All non-exempt students (see below) who received a score of less than 50 on the on the Entry Level Mathematics exam (ELM) are required to enter the Early Start Program.  In addition, students who were found to be Conditionally Ready and did not take and pass with a C or higher, an approved year-long senior-year course, must also participate in Early Start.

English

All non-exempt students (see below) who received a score of less than 147 on the English Placement Test (EPT) are required to enter the Early Start Program.  In addition, students who were found to be Conditionally Ready and did not take and pass with a C- or higher, an approved year-long senior-year course, must also participate in Early Start.

Exemptions

The following students will not be required to participate in the Early Start Program:

  • Students who are exempt from taking the ELM/EPT or who have met the required score on the ELM/EPT tests.
  • International students and residents of states other than California
  • Students participating in CI’s EOP Summer Bridge Program
  • Students who were deemed "Conditionally Ready" based upon their CA Assessment of Student Performance/Progress (CAASPP) Early Assessment Program (EAP) results and are currently enrolled in and pass the year-long appropriate senior-year experience courses. 

2. Where Can I Take Early Start?

Summer session courses will be offered at all CSU campuses. You do not need to take the course at CI; you may participate at any CSU campus that is convenient for you.

Students may also fulfill the Early Start requirement at a California Community College, private institution or at an institution in other states. However, you must contact CI Admissions prior to selecting one of these options. You will be required to send official transcripts of your completed work to CI once the courses are completed.

A full list of options can be found on the CSU Success Early Start Website.

3. How much will Early Start cost at CI? 

Early Start Programs offered at any of the CSU campuses have a common fee. The current fee estimate is $182 per unit plus an additional cost of $1 for Health Facilities and $1 for the Student Union. Fees for Campus parking and course instruction materials may also be charged. Fees subject to change based on approved fee increases.

At CI the Early Start Program will be offered through Extended University. California residents who apply for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution of $5,000 or less will be eligible for a waiver of the per unit fee.

4. How Do I Register?

* Please note: CI Smart Page will open April 20thin your myCI portal. Early Start registration will be available starting May 2.

Attending CI in the Fall, Completing Early Start at CI
For students who will be attending CI in the fall, login to your myCI and indicate on your Smart Page (PDF, 391KB) that you intend to take your classes at CI.  Information will follow within 24 hours after completing your Smart Page, with the steps necessary to enter into your desired class.  Follow the How to Enroll guide (PDF, 392KB) for CI to enroll in your Early Start Classes.

Attending Another CSU in the Fall , Completing Early Start at CI
For students who did not apply to CI but plan to take the courses at CI, complete the Smart Page for the CSU you were admitted to.  CI will then email you information on how to register for the classes.  Follow the How to Enroll guide (PDF, 392KB) for CI to enroll in your Early Start Classes.

For students who applied to CI but will be attending another campus in the fall, complete the Smart Page for the campus you plan on attending.  Use the login information sent to you by CI to register for your Early Start classes.   Follow the How to Enroll guide (PDF, 392KB) for CI to enroll in your Early Start Classes.

 Attending CI but Completing Early Start at Another Campus

For students who plan to enroll at CI for fall 2016 but take Early Start at another CSU campus, login to your myCI and indicate on your Smart Page (PDF, 391KB) where you plan to take Early Start. The CSU campus where you plan to take Early Start will email you information regarding how to sign up for classes.

5. How do I pay for Early Start at CI?

  1. Register for the Early Start class you will be taking at CI. You may follow the “How to Enroll in Early Start” guide for assistance on registration How to Enroll guide (PDF, 392KB) (Note: Register early for best selection!)
  2. Wait 24 hours for payment to be posted in your myCI student portal.
  3. Pay for the Early Start course in your myCI student portal at least 24 hours before the course begins*. You may follow the CashNet tutorial for assistance. (Note: The University uses CashNet to process payment for Early Start classes.)

 *Failure to pay for your Early Start course will result in disenrollment. In addition, failure to participate in Early Start when required to do so may result in your fall classes being cancelled

6. How will my Campus know I have completed Early Start?

After all Early Start programs are completed at each of the 23 campuses, verification of completion will be sent to your home campus. For CI students, your checklist will be updated once we receive the master list in August. 

7. What if I cannot participate in Early Start?

Early Start is a requirement for students who did not successfully pass the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam or English Placement Test (EPT).  If students are not able to participate, they may not be able to enroll at CI.  Students who fail to participate or are unable to participate for any reason must appeal by completing the Freshman Admissions Appeals Form .  Appeals are reviewed regularly and approved on a case-by-case basis.

8. What Early Start Classes are available at CSU Channel Islands?

CI’s Early Start program consists of a one-unit course in English and/or math:

  • Early Start Writing (ESW 01): - Starting the Stretch (1 unit- online course)
    This course is designated for students with an EPT score of less than 147. An introduction to the expectations, terminology, and conventions of first-year writing courses with discussion of the multiple purposes of college writing and analysis of student/peer writing.  Practice in the use of scoring rubrics and introduction to the concept of holistic scoring.  This is an online course and is offered Credit/No Credit only.
  • Mathematics Early Start (MathES 04) - Early Start Basic Algebra Skills (1 unit- online-onsite)
    This course is designated for students with an ELM score between 0-34. Students will review and enhance their basic algebra skills in this one-day onsite course with additional online laboratory assignments to follow.  Puzzles and problems from arithmetic, geometry, and algebra are used to review high school math topics. This course is offered Credit/No Credit only, and passing Credit satisfies one unit of the Early Start Requirement. 
  • Mathematics Early Start (MathES 05) - Early Start Intermediate Algebra (1 unit-online-onsite)
    This course is designated for students with an ELM score between 35-49. Students will review and enhance their algebra skills in this one-day onsite course with additional online laboratory assignments to follow.  Puzzles and problems are used to strengthen the student’s fundamental understanding of algebra.  This course is offered Credit/No Credit only, and passing credit satisfies one unit of the Early Start Requirement.  As a result of taking the course, students are prepared to retake the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test. If they score high enough on the ELM exam, the student may qualify to take college-level math in the fall.

9. Important Dates and Deadlines for CI Students

  • All admitted freshmen who are planning on attending CI and are not exempt should take the ELM/EPT as early as possible. If required, you must take the ELM/EPT no later than the last system-wide test date on May 7, 2016, but you are strongly encouraged to take the tests earlier.
  • If your scores indicate that you must participate in Early Start, you must declare how you will fulfill this requirement by July 13, 2016, using your myCI login, and going to CI Records, and reporting your intention on the Smart Page (PDF, 391KB). If you do not notify us of your intention to participate in the Early Start Program by July 13, 2016, you may not be able to enroll in classes at CI.
  • You must accept your CSU Channel Islands admission offer by May 1st.
Deadline
Deadline to submit intent to enroll and register for required Island View Orientation May 1, 2016
Deadline to take ELM/EPT ExamMay 7, 2016 (Register for exam no later than April 23, 2016)
Applicants (based on ELM/EPT results received) are notified if they are required to participate in the Early Start ProgramStudents should check their myCI To Do List.  Notification continues through June 2016
Deadline to Notify CI of which CSU campus, student Will Complete Early Start Requirement

Site Available: April 20, 2016*
Deadline: July 13, 2016 

Registration and Payment Deadline for Early Start Classes

Registration Available: May 4, 2016
Deadline: July 14, 2016

Deadline to complete Early Start Program activitiesAugust 1, 2016

Please note: Students will not have access to complete their Smart Page or register for Early Start classes from Friday, April 29, 2016 - Sunday, May 1, 2016 due to system maintenance.

10. Additional Resources:

For general questions or assistance with completing your "Smart Page," please contact Admissions & Recruitment at admissions@csuci.edu.

For registration or class meeting questions, please contact Extended University at 805-437-2748. You may also view the Extended University FAQ: Extended Ed FAQ (PDF, 76KB) 

Helpful links for all students
EPT Requirement
EPT Exam Prep
ELM Requirement
ELM Exam Prep
CSU Early Start Website

Helpful links for CI Students
Enrollment Guide
EPT/ELM Testing Information