Chico State Early Start Class Info

Early Start at Chico State is Online!

All our of classes are online so that you can complete your Early Start requirement no matter where you live, where you’re traveling, or what your summer schedule is like. We’ve been asked lots of questions, like “What is it like taking an online class? How do I ask questions? Can I work ahead?” We reached out to faculty who are teaching Early Start classes and here’s what they have to say….


Commonly Asked Questions

Do I have to participate in the Early Start program?

Math: Yes, if your score on the Entry Level Math Test (ELM) is less than 50*.

English: Yes, if your score on the English Placement Test (EPT) is less than 147.

Exemptions: The following students will not be required to participate in Early Start:

How Much Does Early Start Cost?

How Much Does Early Start Cost?

Early Start Programs offered at any of the CSU campuses have a common fee.  The Summer 2017 fees will be $182 per unit plus $2 for campus related fees. Fees for course instruction materials may also apply and will be listed on the courses page where applicable.

Early Start Classes

Early Start Courses Offered by Chico State

Early Start English Courses


ESPE 020 Early Start English

Required if: EPT score below 147

CSU Early Start Program

Welcome to Early Start 2017 at Chico State!

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.