Early Start Program

GET AN EARLY START ON YOUR SJSU DEGREE.

The CSU Early Start Program gives students an opportunity to sharpen their mathematics and writing skills in the summer before the start of their freshman year. Many Early Start classes also allow students to complete general education requirements in mathematics, writing, or other subjects.

Admitted students are notified in the late spring if Early Start classes are required or recommended. The following students are categorically exempt from Early Start:

  • Residents of a state other than California

  • International students (F1 and J1 visas only)

  • Athletics Summer Bridge students

  • Students who successfully petition for an exception to the Early Start requirement (see below)

  • Students admitted after August 1

Although most campuses, including SJSU, offer both live and online courses, local students are strongly encouraged to attend live Early Start classes at SJSU. Students with an Early Start requirement may take classes at any time during the summer; however, they must be able to present proof of enrollment at Frosh Orientation.

If you have an Early Start requirement, you will receive notification from SJSU late in the spring semester.


PETITION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO THE EARLY START REQUIREMENT

Students with a serious and compelling reason for not participating in the Early Start Program may petition for an exception to the requirement using the link above. Exceptions will be granted only in instances in which it can be demonstrated that program participation would cause extreme hardship or is simply not possible. Documentation will be required. Please note that summer vacation plans will not be considered adequate grounds for an exception. All petitions for an exception to the Early Start Program requirement must be filed by Friday, July 13.


CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the program, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If do not find an answer to your question, send your question via email to earlystart@sjsu.edu. We will try to respond within 24 hours. Due to the volume of students contacting us, we can only be reached through this email. If you would like to speak to someone about the program, please be sure to include your full name, student ID, phone number, and a good time to reach you in your email.