Early Start Program at CSU, Chico
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The Early Start Program (ESP) is a CSU enrollment requirement for first-time freshmen who need support in preparing 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 in order to help you achieve your college degree.

Early Start 2021

To determine placement for general education English and math courses, the CSU uses 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-CAASPP/Early Assessment Program (EAP) to determine the need for Early Start.

This summer Chico State will offer two Early Start courses:

Early Start English 131: Writing Workshop (1 unit)
• Class Dates: July 26–August 17. Online
• Registration opens July 6. Deadline to register is July 21.
• Four digit class number: 1210. 
Read more or download registration instructions.

Early Start Math 290: Mathematics and Statistics Tutoring (1 unit)
• Class Dates: August 2–6. Online
• Registration opens July 6. Deadline to register is July 28.
• Four digit class number: 1214
Read more or download registration instructions.

Check your Early Start Program Page in your Student Center to determine your Early Start requirement. This status may be updated so be sure to submit transcripts and grade verifications to the CSU, Chico Admissions Office as soon as possible.

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