Early Start is for students who need assistance with becoming college-ready in Math and/or English. If you are a freshman starting at a CSU campus in Fall and you need extra coursework in Math or English, you must participate in the Early Start Program.
Applicants for admission to the CSU are required to meet minimum admission requirements in order to be accepted. Beyond admission, there are several requirements to ensure a student's successful transition to the university; these are called enrollment requirements. These can include, but are not limited to, grade point average, test scores, Early Start participation, mandatory orientation participation, etc. Students are encouraged to review their admission offer and campus correspondence to review any additional enrollment requirements set forth by their campus of choice.
Housing is not available during the Early Start program. However, the Early Start requirement can be completed at any CSU campus. You should choose a campus that is either close to your geographic location or one that offers online course options. A listing of CSU Early Start course offerings can be found here.
You may complete the CSU Early Start Program at any CSU. For a full listing of courses is available, visit earlystart.csusuccess.org/csu_campus.
The first step in Early Start registration is to indicate where you will complete the requirement on the Early Start Smart Page. After you make your Smart Page selection the campus you select will contact you with instructions on how to register.
The CSU campus you select to take your Early Start Program course(s) at will send you registration information through email. It is important to check both your personal email (the one you indicated on your CSU application) and campus (Horizon) email for ESP registration information from the CSU campus. The time it takes will vary depending on when the campus opens their ESP registration window. If you do not receive information within one week, you should contact the campus you selected directly for further assistance.
Students who do not complete the Smart Page by the deadline will be automatically assigned to complete Early Start at their destination campus. Students who fail to register and complete their Early Start requirement risk being ineligible to enroll at their university for the fall term.
You are (or will become) exempt from participating in Early Start if you are have the following:
If the registration deadline has not passed for classes, the student will need to find an alternate course at that campus to register in. If the registration deadline has passed for classes and there are no classes available, then the student is responsible for contacting that institution to determine the next steps and how it may affect their enrollment.
Early Start courses vary from campus to campus. The minimum requirement for satisfying the Early Start requirement is to complete a 1 semester unit (or 1.5 quarter unit) course in the subject(s) for which you are required to participate. The course descriptions will usually specify who the course is intended for. If assistance is required to determine whether a course is appropriate or not, please contact the home campus.
ESM 750 is a fully online course with no on-campus meetings. This course can be taken by any student required to participate in Early Start Math and will only fulfill the Early Start requirement. Students taking this class must have internet access and a computer. Students independently review course materials posted online by the instructor, work problems through the online ALEKS system, and pose questions through e-mails and message boards.
CSUEB’s Early Start English class is not online; it is offered face-to-face on the Hayward or Concord campus. All instruction and tests for the English class are conducted in a traditional classroom format. After registering for the course, students can check MyCSUEB for their class building/room location. This course can be taken by any student required to participate in Early Start English and will only fulfill the Early Start requirement.
All of the CSU campuses are coordinating with each other to ensure Early Start participation and class grades are provided to the student’s final destination campus. The CSU where you take your Early Start class will send grades to CSUEB automatically.
Students in the Math course will be required to set up an ALEKS account to access materials online. Your instructor will provide instructions. No English materials are required for the English course.
Students enrolled in CSUEB’s Early Start English class must come to the Hayward or Concord campus for all class meetings and exams. Students may park in the student parking lot near the building where their class is located. Special Early Start parking permits valid during the weeks the Early Start class is conducted will be sold at the CSUEB Cashier’s Office in the Student Services & Administration Building (first floor) on the Hayward Campus, and in the Academic Services Center at the Concord Campus. The cost is $30. Only cash/checks are accepted at the Cashier’s Office. (Debit/credit cards are not accepted.) Check with the Cashier’s Office for summer operating hours.
Public transportation to the Hayward campus is available through BART and AC Transit. Limited public transportation is available to the Concord campus through County Connection/CCCTA. Additional information will be provided prior to the start of classes.