Early Start Program
Enrollment Requirement for Fall 2014 First-time Freshmen
The Early Start Program was mandated by the CSU Board of Trustees in response to the large number of new students who may benefit from additional preparation in mathematics and English. The goal of the Early Start Program is to provide better assessment of the students’ academic preparation and improve students’ likelihood of a successful completion of a college 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.
- 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 mathematics and English courses will be available at every CSU campus.
- Financial aid will be available for those who demonstrate need.
Table of Contents
- Who must participate in the Early Start Program?
- Where Can Incoming Freshmen Satisfy the Early Start Program Requirement?
- How will Early Start be implemented at CI for fall 2014?
- What are the important deadlines for Early Start?
- How much will Early Start cost at CI?
- How do I register for Early Start classes at CI?
- What happens after I complete CI’s Early Start requirement?
- What if I cannot participate in Early Start?
- For More Information
1. Who must participate in the Early Start Program?
All students who received a score of less than 50 on the ELM, less than 23 on the ACT, or less than 550 on the SAT must participate in the mathematics portion of the Early Start Program.
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. All students entering any CSU are required to take the EPT, and one of its purposes is to determine which students are required to enroll in the Early Start Program.
CSU Channel Islands has a Directed Self Placement program; therefore, the EPT is not used for placement into CI’s regular first-year composition courses.
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 tests
- International students and residents of states other than California
- Students participating in CI’s EOP Summer Bridge Program
- Students who were deemed conditionally exempt in mathematics based on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) and are enrolled in and complete a yearlong designated senior Math experience course do not have to participate in the Early Start Program’s mathematics courses (see http://www.csuci.edu/eap).
- Students who were deemed conditionally exempt in English based on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) and are enrolled in and complete a yearlong designated senior English Writing course do not have to participate in the Early Start Program's English course.
2. Where Can Incoming Freshmen Satisfy the Early Start Program Requirement?
Summer session courses will be offered at all CSU campuses. You may participate in the Early Start Program at any CSU campus that is convenient for you. You do not need to take the course at your destination campus. For information regarding courses at other CSU campuses, please visit the CSU Early Start Website.
Beginning in May, students will be able to enroll in CI's Early Start Course for English and Mathematics. Check back for more information on how to enroll.
NOTE: 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.
3. How will Early Start be implemented at CI for fall 2014?
CI’s Early Start program consists of a one-unit course in English and/or math:
- ESW 01: (Early Start Writing) - Starting the Stretch (1 unit- Online course)
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. This course is designated for students with an EPT score of less than 147.
- MATHES 04: (Mathematics Early Start) - Early Start Basic Algebra Skills (1 unit)
This course is a one-day course with online laboratory assignments. Students will review and enhance their basic algebra skills. 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 1 units of the Early Start Requirement. This course is designated for students with an ELM score between 1-34.
- MATHES 05: (Mathematics Early Start) - Early Start Intermediate Algebra (1 unit)
This course is a one-day course with online laboratory assignments. Students will review and enhance their algebra skills. Puzzles and problems are used to strengthen students fundamental understanding of algebra. This course is offered Credit/No Credit only, and passing credit satisfies 1 unit of the Early Start Requirement. This course prepares students to retake the Entry Level Mathematics test, and potentially qualify to take college mathematics. This course is designated for students with an ELM score between 35-49.
CI’s first-year students can participate in an Early Start class offered at CI, at any other CSU campus, at a community college, or online. A full list of options can be found on the CSU Early Start Website.
All admitted freshmen who are planning on attending CI and are not exempt should take the ELM/EPT as early as possible, preferably by the March test date. You must accept your CSU Channel Islands admission offer by May 1st through submission of your intent to enroll form and $100 non-refundable deposit. If required, you must take the ELM/EPT no later than the system-wide test date on May 3, 2014, but you are strongly encouraged to take the tests in March. If your scores indicate that you must participate in Early Start, you must declare how you will fulfill this requirement by July 1st using your myCI login, and going to CI Records, and reporting your intention on the CSU Smart Page (PDF, 401KB). If you do not notify us of your intention to participate in the Early Start Program by July 1st, you may not be able to enroll in classes at CI.
4. CI First-Year Admissions and Early Start Dates
|Applicants take SAT or ACT||December 2013 was the last acceptable test administration exam date.|
|Applicant takes EPT and/or ELM||Students are required to complete by May 3, 2014.|
|CI’s Intent to Enroll form and $100 non-refundable deposit submission deadline||May 1, 2014|
|Applicants (based on ELM/EPT results received) are notified if they are required to participate in the Early Start Program||Students should check their myCI To Do List. Notification continues through June 2014|
|Deadline to Notify CI of which CSU campus, student Will Complete Early Start Requirement||
Site Available: May 21, 2014
|Registration and Payment Deadline for Early Start Classes||July 15, 2014|
|Deadline to complete Early Start Program activities||August 2014|
5. 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 and is subject to change based on approved fee increases. Fees for Campus parking and course instruction materials may also be charged.
The Early Start Program at CI 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.
6. How Do I register for Early Start Classes at CI?
To register for Early Start classes at CI, please do the following:
For students admitted to CI, login to your myCI and indicate on your Smart Page (PDF, 401KB) that you intend to take your classes at CI. Information will then be forthcoming
on the steps necessary to enter into your desired class.
For students who are not admitted 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.
For students who plan to enroll at CI for the fall 2014, but take Early Start at another CSU campus, complete the Smart Page indicating where you plan to take Early Start. The CSU Campus to which you plan to take Early Start will email you information regarding how to sign up for classes.
7. What happens after I complete CI’s Early Start requirement?
- English: Students may enroll in first-year composition courses.
- Mathematics: Students should enroll in mathematics courses based on their ELM scores. The CI mathematics program faculty may advise possible exceptions to this based on a student’s performance in the Early Start mathematics course. Students may also choose to retake the ELM to increase their scores.
8. 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 cannot participate must appeal by completing the Early Start Participation Exemption Request (PDF, 52.7KB) form. Appeals are reviewed continuously and approved on a case by case basis.
For More Information:
- “Click here to determine if you are required to take the CSU placement test(s)” (PDF, 601KB)
- EPT/ELM Testing Information
- EPT Requirement (System) EPT Exam Prep
- ELM Requirement (System and CI) ELM Exam Prep
- General questions or assistance with Completing "Smart Page"- please contact Admissions & Recruitment (805) 437-8520.
- Registration or class meeting questions, please contact Extended University (805) 437-2748.