Early Start Program (ESP)

Am I required to enroll in Early Start?

Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, the CSU has changed how it will determine placement for general education English and math courses and who will be required to enroll in Early Start program as an incoming freshman student.  The English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Math (ELM) test will no longer be utilized to determine placement and will not be offered.  We will now use 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/Early Assessment Program) to determine the need for Early Start.

How do I learn more about Early Start at CSU, Chico?

The CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education department has created a website dedicated to Early Start at CSU, Chico. For questions regarding registration, course offerings, dates, costs, accessing courses, and more, please visit the CSU, Chico Early Start website(opens in new window)

Can I take Early Start courses at another CSU campus?

Yes. To view Early Start courses at other CSU campuses please visit the CSU Early Start website(opens in new window).

Can I fulfill the Early Start requirement with Community College courses?

Yes, however, you must contact the Office of Admissions to obtain approval to use a community college course to fulfill the Early Start requirement. Please contact us at 530-898-6322 or 800-542-4426, or email us at info@csuchico.edu.