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Early Start Program

Notices

February 11, 2016 - Last ELM test date

May (TBD) - Registration Opens

June (TBD) - First Classes Start

July (TBD) - Registration Deadline

An Early Start, is a Smart Start!

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Early Start is an enrollment requirement for many First-time Freshmen (FTF)

The CSU wants to help first-time freshmen applicants get an “Early Start” toward their preparation for college level work. New freshmen who need extra preparation to be ready for college-level English and/or math must start that process no later than the summer before their first term.

If your test scores determine that you need extra coursework to be ready for college level courses in English, math or both, you must enroll in Early Start courses the summer before your first term at Sacramento State or at another CSU.

You will be notified throughout the application, admission, and registration process about this requirement. Admissions decisions are typically made by March, giving you several months to choose from a variety of Early Start options prior to starting courses in the fall. Once you have applied, you can find out if you need to participate in Early Start via the Student Center accessed through My Sac State. Review the “I have applied” webpage to create your SacLink account and access My Sac State if you have not already done so.

If you took the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) and your scores are in the following ranges, you need to participate in the Early Start Program for English, Math, or both:

  • English Placement Test (EPT):    146 or less
  • Entry Level Math Test (ELM):      49 or less

If you are required to complete Early Start courses, you must sign up for them prior to beginning your regular semester classes.  Registration opens on May (TBD) and the deadline to register is July (TBD)

If you do not complete your Early Start required course(s) or receive an approved participation waiver, you could be placed on administrative probation and/or be prevented from registering for classes.  If you need to know more about the EPT and ELM tests, see below.

The following students are exempt from Early Start, and will not be required to participate in Early Start:

  • Students who received qualifying scores in the appropriate areas of the EAP, SAT, SAT Subject, ACT, or AP exams
  • Students who took an approved *college-level English course and earned a C or better—these students are also exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT)
  • Students who took an approved *college-level math course and earned a C or better—these students are also exempt from the Entry Level Math exam (ELM)
  • International students and non-resident students who reside outside of California
  • Students participating in the Sacramento State Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Summer Bridge Program
  • Students completing the Directed Self Placement Program activities (English) at Sacramento State.

*College-level courses are those completed at a 2 or 4 year college - NOT college prep classes completed at a high school.

The Early Start requirement can be completed in 2 simple steps.

Step 1: Register beginning May (TBD) and pay your fees for the Early Start courses you are required to complete by July 15th -  visit http://earlystart.csusuccess.org/csu_campus/csu-early-start-course-search for this summer's ONLINE and IN CLASSROOM sessions.

Step 2: Complete your required Early Start courses

Click here for instructions on how to register for Early Start courses.

Sacramento State's Schedule of Summer Sessions are available at http://earlystart.csusuccess.org/csu_campus/csu-early-start-course-search - select Sacramento State from the drop down menu. 

Summer session courses will be offered at all CSU campuses. Early Start requirements can be completed at any CSU. On-line course options are also available. If you opt to complete the Early Start course at a campus other than California State University, Sacramento, you will need to follow the registration instructions provided by that campus AND provide verification of completion of courses to Sacramento State.

Questions from students who plan to enroll at Sac State Early Start can be directed to the Admissions & Outreach Office at (916) 278-7766.

Instructions on How to Register for Sacramento State’s Early Start Courses

  • Log into the Student Center in your My Sac State account
  • Click on the Enroll in Early Start link located in the Academics section of the Student Center
  • Click on the Search box in the middle, left side of the page
  • Across from 'Course Subject', use the pull down arrow to pick Early Start Program – Math or English. (You can only select one class at a time, so if you need to take both Math and English, you will need to come back to this again for the other class)
  • Once you select Math or English – scroll down and click the Search box. This will bring up the class sessions offered
  • Click on the Select Class box for the class session in which you want to enroll
  • Review the information for the class you selected – if OK, click the Next box
  • If you need to enroll in both Math and English, click on the Search box and start again at step B of the online instructions
  • Once you’ve selected the class(es) you need, click on the PROCEED TO STEP 2 OF 3 box
  • Once you’ve confirmed the classes you selected, click on the FINISH ENROLLING box

All Sacramento State Early Start Classes are offered through the College of Continuing Education (CCE). For questions regarding enrollment and fee payment, contact the CCE Office at (916) 278-4840. For questions regarding your financial aid and eligibility for a fee waiver, you will need to contact the Financial Aid Office of the campus you plan to attend in the fall.

If you are required to complete Early Start courses, you must sign up for them prior to beginning your regular semester classes. If you do not complete your Early Start required course(s) or receive an approved participation waiver, you could be placed on administrative probation and/or be prevented from registering for classes.

Summer 2017 Early Start Sessions:   (to be determined)



REGISTRATION OPENS MAY (TBD) and the DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR EARLY START CLASSES AND PAY FEES IS JULY (TBD)

A waiver to Early Start Participation for matriculating students may be considered in cases of demonstrated need and documented circumstances.  Students who have a serious and compelling reason for not participating in, or completing, an approved Early Start program may apply for a waiver from the requirement to begin their remediation in the summer.  However, students who do not receive a waiver and/or are not in compliance with Early Start Participation may be subject to administrative probation.  Petition for Waiver Form

  • Currently, fees for Early Start courses cost an estimated $182 per unit (subject to change).  Fees are due upon registration and must be paid by the registration deadline.
  • Early Start Programs cost the same at every CSU.
  • The course fee does not include any campus parking fees or the cost of course instruction materials, which vary by class and campus.
  • California residents who apply for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less may be eligible for a waiver of the per unit fee.

Most students need to take the exams, but some students are exempt. Exempt students have scored high on another standardized test, such as the SAT or ACT, or have earned transferrable credits from another college.

For more information on ELM/EPT exam requirements, exemptions, instructions and test schedule, visit the CSU testing site at:  www.ets.org/csu/about.  For test dates and information from the Sacramento State Testing Center, visit: www.csus.edu/testing

  • Visit the Educational Testing Website at http://www.ets.org/csu for more information. 
  • Click on “Register for the Tests” and follow the instructions.
  • Take the EPT/ELM seriously and take it early.
  • Study for the tests to score the best you can. Use the Online Study Resources. Note: you can only take the EPT once and the ELM twice.
  • Consider retaking the ACT or SAT if possible. ACT and SAT tests must be taken no later than December for admission purposes, but can be retaken for Early Start and exemption purposes.

Yes we do—consider the following:

  • Take the EPT/ELM seriously and take it EARLY!
  • Study for the tests to score the best you can. Note: you can only take the EPT once and the ELM twice. Registration information can be found here.
  • Consider retaking the ACT or SAT if possible. ACT and SAT tests must be taken no later than December for admission purposes, but can be retaken for Early Start and exemption purposes.
  • Complete your Directed Self Placement Program activities (English).

The following links will display the various email messages that are sent regarding the current Early Start cycle for admitted students:

(coming soon)

Please see the Communications Archive on the Admissions & Outreach web site for other admissions-related communications.

Get Connected!

The CSU wants to help first-time freshmen applicants get an “Early Start” toward their preparation for college level work. New freshmen who need extra preparation to be ready for college-level English and/or math must start that process no later than the summer before their first term.

Check the Student Center in your My Sac State often for important updates and information.