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The CSU Early Start Program

Welcome to California State University, San Marcos! We are thrilled that you have chosen to pursue higher education with us. This page will help explain the Early Start Program on our campus and provide information on how to satisfy your math and/or English Early Start requirements.

URGENT NOTICE: On August 2, 2017, the CSU Chancellor’s Office issued Executive Order 1110, which provides policy changes to the way we serve incoming students. One of the changes eliminates the ELM and EPT exams. 

On November 20, 2017, the CSU Chancellor’s Office issued an Implementation Guidance for Executive Order 1110, which provides multiple measures that will be used for incoming 2018 first time freshman. Multiple measures are divided into four categories. Multiple measures takes into consideration STEM and non-STEM Majors.

The following majors are considered STEM at CSUSM:


 Multiple Measures, CSU Placement of First Year Students

Who must participate in Early Start?

Math:

Category III STEM majors, and Category IV, all students who have not demonstrated proficiency in math must participate and EAP Conditional students who did not take and pass a CSU approved Senior Year Math Experience course to meet the condition for exemption. 

English:

Category IV, all students who have not demonstrated proficiency in English must participate and EAP Conditional students who did not take and pass a CSU approved senior year English course to meet the condition for exemption.

Early Start 2018 Important Dates

February

  • February 15: Official Test Scores Due

April

  • April 16: Early Start Smart Page opens for registration

May

Local High School visits for Early Start Registration. Get help registering for the correct courses.

June

Early Start courses begin at CSUSM.

  • June 9: Early Start Information session.
    Get help registering for the correct courses.
  • June 14: Early Start Smart Page closes for Registration

July

Early Start courses in progress at CSUSM.

August

Early Start Courses in progress at CSUSM.

  • August 5: Deadline for Early Start course activities
  • August 27: First Day of Classes