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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 placement 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:

  • Fulfilled
  • Ready
  • Ready with Support, Early Start Recommended
  • Ready with Support, Early Start Required

Multiple measures takes into consideration Algebra Intensive and non-Algebra Intensive majors.

The following majors are considered Algebra Intensive at CSUSM:


 Multiple Measures, CSU Placement of First Year Students

Who must participate in Early Start?

Math:

Students that are considered Ready with Support, Early Start Required must participate in Early Start.

Students that are considered Ready with Support are recommended to participate in Early Start.

English:

Students that are considered Ready with Support, Early Start Required must participate in Early Start.

Students that are considered Ready with Support are recommended to participate in Early Start.

Early Start 2018 Important Dates

February

  • February 15: Official Test Scores Due

May

Local high school visits for Early Start registration. Students can get help registering for the correct Early Start 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