Early Start Program at CSU, Chico

Early Start 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 for your first semester so that you have a better chance of completing a college degree.

Early Start 2018

For fall 2018 incoming freshmen students, the CSU has made changes to how it determines placement for general education English and math courses. We now use multiple measures of academic proficiency that includes high school English and mathematics grades, high school GPA, grades in collegiate courses, and test scores (ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SAT subject tests, and Smarter Balanced Assessment/Early Assessment Program) to determine the need for Early Start.

Students will be notified by email if they are required to participate in the Early Start Program. Your Smart Page shows you which Early Start subject(s) you are required to take, and lets you specify where you plan to complete your Early Start requirement. You can get to your Smart Page by clicking the Early Start link in the bottom left corner of your Student Center in the Chico State Portal.

Summer ‘18 Early Start Class Schedule

ESPM 31: Early Start Foundational Mathematics (1 unit*)
July 23–August 3 [ More Info ]

ESPE 20: Early Start English (1 unit*)
July 19–August 2 [ More Info ]

* Units are non-baccalaureate units.


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