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CSU Early Start Program (ESP)

Early Start is a Smart Start!

The Early Start Program was mandated by the CSU Board of Trustees in response to the number of new students requiring remediation in Mathematics and English. The goals of the Early Start Program include better preparation in Mathematics and English for new students by starting in the summer preceding Fall enrollment. It provides better assessment of academic preparation and improves students' likelihood of a successful completion of a college degree.

CSU Early Start Details:

  • The program takes place the summer before the freshman year.
  • In May, CSU campuses will provide students required to participate in Early Start instructions on how to sign up.
  • Students can complete the CSU Early Start program at CSUEB or at another CSU location. A listing of CSU Early Start program options at the 23 CSU campuses is posted at

Early Start at Cal State East Bay

Freshman admitted to CSUEB who must participate in the CSU Early Start program will be notified in April. Students can complete the Early Start program at CSUEB or at another CSU location.

CSUEB offers a two-week online Early Start Math class and a five-week Math class offered in a traditional classroom format. CSUEB's three-week Early Start English class is not online; it is offered in a traditional classroom format at the Hayward or Concord Campus.

Early Start Costs

The cost of a 1 semester unit Early Start course is $182. Higher unit courses are charged per unit. Fees for campus parking and course instruction materials may also be charged. California residents who apply for Financial Aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5000 or less will receive a waiver of course registration fee. Course materials and parking is not covered by the waiver.

Contact Us

Students with questions about the Early Start Program can contact the CSUEB Early Start Program office in the following ways:

For answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Early Start Program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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