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CSU Early Start Program (ESP)


Given the current circumstances related to COVID-19, the CSU & CSU East Bay will not facilitate a systemwide Early Start Program (ESP) in Summer 2020.

Early Start is a Smart Start!

The Early Start Program aims to better prepare new students in mathematics and English in the summer before the fall semester. The program helps prepare students academically and improves their likelihood of successfully completing a college degree.

CSU Early Start Details:

  • The program takes place the summer before 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 Cal State East Bay 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 Cal State East Bay who must participate in the CSU Early Start program will be notified in May. Students can complete the Early Start program at Cal State East Bay or at another CSU location.  Many campuses offer online course options.

Cal State East Bay offers a two-week online Early Start math class. Cal State East Bay'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 one Early Start course is $191 plus a $2 campus based fee. There may also be fees for campus parking and course materials. California residents who apply for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,500 or less will have the course registration waived. Course materials and parking are not covered by the waiver.

Contact Us

Students with questions about the Early Start Program can contact the Cal State East Bay Early Start Program office at (510) 885-3910 or

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

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