What is Early Start?

The Early Start Program serves CSU admitted freshmen who need to improve their skills in English and/or Mathematics as determined by systemwide placement standards. With an early start in these pivotal subjects, students will improve their chances not only to succeed in their first year but also to complete their college degree.

Participation in the Early Start Program is required for students needing skills development in these subject areas. Students are expected to enroll in a written communication course or a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course (but not both) during the summer period prior to the start of fall term. Student determined to need skills development in both subject areas are advised to participate in an Early Start mathematics/quantitative reasoning course at minimum.  

CSU Channel Islands freshmen are encouraged to complete their Early Start courses at CSUCI. This will provide an opportunity to integrate into the campus community and help ensure a smooth transition to their fall semester. Students may choose to enroll in Early Start courses offered at any other CSU campus. This may be appropriate for non-local students. The earned baccalaureate credit will be transferred automatically to the student’s destination campus (where they will be studying in the fall). Browse Early Start course information by visiting http://earlystart.csusuccess.org/csu_early_start.

If you are required to participate in Early Start, then you must do so in order to enroll in fall classes. Your admission is subject to cancellation for failure to enroll in and satisfactorily complete the Early Start Program on or about August 1.

Students who are unable to participate in Early Start because of extenuating circumstances beyond their control must submit a written appeal. Please visit the Admissions Appeals webpage for more information. All requests must be received in the Admissions Office by the established deadline (see "Early Start Deadlines" section).

Please visit the FAQ section for how to designate the campus where you plan to fulfill your Early Start requirement.