Early Start Program

Commonly Asked Questions

Do I have to participate in the Early Start program?

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 Chico State Admissions Office as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether you are required to take Early Start, or for more detailed information on these requirements, please visit the Chico State Admissions web site.

Exempt Students: The following students are not required to participate in Early Start:

• International students and residents of states other than California (non-residents).

What are my options for fulfilling the Early Start requirement?

• Complete an Early Start course(s) this summer through Chico State, or

• Complete an Early Start course this summer at another CSU campus, or

• Complete an appropriate course in mathematics and/or English this summer at a California Community College. Please contact the Chico State Admissions office at 1-800-542-4426 for more information about this option.

How do I access my class?

Go to the CSU Portal Login web page, and enter your Username and Password. Click on the Blackboard (Bb) link in the common student systems box or if available the "Early Start Student" Tab to access any online content, syllabus, course information, etc. To view campus meeting dates, times, and locations enter the Student Center. Download step-by-step instructions with pictures.

IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended that you make sure your computer can access your Early Start class the week before your class starts! Once you can login to your class, you can get familiar with Blackboard Learn.

I don't check into the dorms until after my class starts. Help!

If you have questions about housing or move-in, visit the University Housing website.

Accessibility Accommodations: If you need special disability accommodations for accessing any information on this website, please contact Professional & Continuing Education. For accommodations for an event, workshop, or online or on-campus class, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center.