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FULFILLING THE EARLY START REQUIREMENTS

Freshmen are encouraged to complete their Early Start program activities at Cal State San Marcos. This will afford them an opportunity to integrate into campus life and will provide the smoothest transition to their fall English or math instruction.

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 ELM and EPT testing. The Early Start website at CSUSM will be updated as we receive more information and guidance from the Chancellor’s Office regarding placement measures that will be used Summer 2018.

Clearing Early Start Requirements for Fall 2018:

TYPE

ENGLISH

MATHEMATICS

SAT

A score of 500 or above on the SAT Verbal section - Prior to March 2016.

A score of 550 or above on the English portion of the NEW SAT exam - Effective March 2016.

A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT or on the College Board SAT Subject Tests-Mathematics Tests Level I, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator) - Prior to March 2016.

A score of 570 or above on the Math portion of the NEW SAT exam - Effective March 2016.

ACT

Score of 22 or higher                  

Score of 23 or higher

Early Assessment Program (EAP)

"Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English"

 

"Exempt" or "Ready for college-level mathematics course"

 

EAP Conditional Status

Conditionally exempt score and passing your CSU approved senior year English course with a  grade of "C-" or better for both semesters.

Must complete a CSU approved senior year English course.

Conditionally exempt  score and passing your CSU approved senior year English course with a  grade of "C-" or better for both semesters.

Must complete a CSU approved senior year Math Experience course.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam

Score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature AP exam.

Score of 3, 4, or 5 on on the AP Calculus (AB or BC) or AP Statistics exams.

Weighted High School GPA

Weighted High School GPA greater than 3.3

OR

Weighted High School GPA  greater than 3.0 AND completed approved senior year-long english course/an AP, IB, ERWC, or Honors English course or 5+ years of English

Non-STEM/Undeclared

Weighted HS GPA greater than or equal 3.7

OR

Weighted HS GPA greater than or equal 3.5 plus 4+ years of Math or Quantitative Reasoning

OR

Weighted HS Math GPA greater than or equal 3.0 plus completed an approved senior year course or 5+ years of Math or Quantitative Reasoning

 

STEM/Pre-STEM

Weighted HS GPA greater than or equal 3.7

OR

Weighted HS MATH GPA greater than or equal 3.5 PLUS completed an approved senior year course or 5+ years of Math or Quantitative Reasoning 




Exemptions:

The following students will not be required to participate in Early Start:

  • International students and residents of other states;
  • Students participating in the EOP, ACE and CAMP summer programs;
  • Students admitted after August 1;
  • EAP Conditionally Exempt students who took and passed the correct CSU approved senior-year courses
  • Students may appeal based on circumstances beyond their control.