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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.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: Per Executive Order 1110, the Early Start Program serves CSU admitted freshmen who have not demonstrated proficiency in English/Written Communication and/or Math/Quantittaive Reasoning as determined by the CSU Systemwide Placement Standards using multiple measures.

Multiple measures are divided into four categories:

  • Fulfilled Requirement
  • Enroll in GE English/Written Communication  and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses
  • Enroll in Supported GE English/Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses. 
    Participation in Early Start is recommended.
  • Enroll in Supported GE Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses. 
    Participation in Early Start is required.

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

The following majors are considered Algebra-Intensive at CSUSM:


 CSU Placement of First Year Students

Who must participate in Early Start?

Math:

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

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

English:

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

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

Early Start 2019 Important Dates

February

  • February 14: Official Test Scores Due

May

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

  • May 14: Early Start course registration starts
  • May 31: Early Start Information Session registration closes.

June

Early Start courses begin at CSUSM.

  • June 1: Early Start Information session.
    Attend the event to receive help with Early Start course registration.
  • June 2: Early Start priority registration closes.
  • June 24:  Early Start courses start.

July

Early Start courses in progress at CSUSM.

August

Early Start courses come to an end at CSUSM.

  • August 2: Deadline for Early Start course activities
  • August 26: First Day of Classes