Early Start Program at CSU, Chico

Welcome to Early Start 2017 at Chico State!

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The Early Start Program (ESP) is a CSU enrollment requirement for first-time freshmen who need help getting ready for college-level English and/or math. The goal of Early Start is to better prepare you in math and English before your first semester even begins so that you have a better chance of completing a college degree.

Follow These Steps!

  1. Use the Smart Page (view instructions) to choose Chico as your Early Start campus. This doesn’t mean you have to come to Chico State for class…just that you’ll sign up for one of our online or on-campus classes. (Note: You’ll register for classes in a different step.)
  2. Watch for an email from “CSU, Chico - Early Start Program” telling you how to get started. It should arrive about 24-28 hours after you use the Smart Page.
  3. Download and follow our registration instructions to sign up for your class(es). (Please take a few minutes to review them before you contact us for assistance. Thanks!)
  4. Taking a senior-level math or English class? You still may need to take Early Start if you don’t pass with a grade of C or better. Read more about it.

Early Start Classes~ Online & Convenient!

Most of our classes are online so you can complete your Early Start requirement no matter where you live, where you’re traveling, or what your summer schedule is like.

Get Started with Early Start:

  1. If you are required to take Early Start you will receive notifications with updated information from the Admissions Offices of the CSU campuses to which you’ve applied.
  2. Beginning April 1, confirm your selection to complete Early Start at CSU, Chico. Log into the Portal and go to the Student Center under “Records, Registration & Finance”
  3. Choose the Early Start class that’s right for you based on your ELM/EPT score and the timing & class format that works best.
  4. Register for the Early Start class(es) you need by the registration deadline.
  5. Pay any fees owed to complete your registration. If you are attending Chico State, a fee waiver and/or some or all of your $200 enrollment confirmation deposit may be applied to your Early Start fee(s).

Prepare for Success!

An Early Start is a Smart Start

There are several things you can do to ensure that you complete the course(s) and meet the Early Start requirements. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips & resources for you. Also, become familiar with Blackboard Learn, the online home of your Early Start courses.

If you have a disability and require reasonable
accommodations for completing ESP course(s) at CSU, Chico, contact the
Accessibility Resource Center as soon as you register.

Accessibility Accommodations: If you need special disability accommodations for an event, workshop, or online or on-campus class, please contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center.