SJSU Early Start Expectations for Completion


Upon admission to SJSU, all first-year undergraduates are evaluated for their readiness for college-level work in mathematics and writing. This evaluation takes into account high school grade point average, completed coursework, and scores on several standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, CAASPP/EAP, and advanced placement examinations. On the basis of this evaluation, some students will be required to participate in a summer activity called the Early Start Program.

Early Start allows students to build academic skills while completing a credit-bearing general education course in quantitative reasoning (area B4), written communication (area A2), or other GE area.1 Admitted students will be informed by MySJSU message once in May and again in June if they have an Early Start Program requirement. Students for whom the Early Start Program is recommended but not required are not subject to the consequences described below.

Incoming students who have an Early Start requirement must enroll in an approved summer course at San Jose State or another CSU the summer before they matriculate to SJSU. Students who do not enroll in a required Early Start course, as well as those who enroll but receive a grade of NC, F, WU, or I (indicating that they have not completed the requirement), will be placed on Administrative Academic Probation (AAP) for the fall semester of their freshman year. Such students must complete their fall GE courses with a D- or better in the subject or subjects for which they had an Early Start Program requirement.2 Upon passing these courses, students will be removed from Early Start AAP and may enroll in spring coursework.3

Students on Early Start AAP who earn an F or WU in any of these courses will be disenrolled from SJSU before the spring semester through Administrative Academic Disqualification. Disqualified students wishing to return to the university must reapply as upper division transfer students in their junior year.

Those wishing to appeal this decision must file a petition by Friday, September 15, using the “Early Start Noncompletion Petition” link below. All appeals will be decided by Friday, September 22, and notifications will go out to affected students shortly afterwards. Students who do not file an appeal will be placed on Early Start AAP as described above.

1 SJSU will not offer Early Start classes in written communication (area A2), but students may take a written communication course at another CSU to satisfy the Early Start Program requirement.

2 For some students, this may mean passing both a quantitative reasoning (B4) class and a written communication (A2) class in the fall, even though students could have satisfied the Early Start Program requirement with only one class over the summer. Students who are placed on AAP as a result of earning a grade of I (Incomplete) in their Early Start Program course may satisfy their probationary status by clearing their Incomplete before the start of the spring semester.

3 Only GE courses are taken into account here. Corequisite support courses, whether baccalaureate or prebaccalaureate, do not count either for or against the passing grade requirement


Students who have been notified that SJSU has not yet received proof of Early Start participation must file a petition by Friday, September 15. Those who do not file a petition will be placed on AAP for noncompliance as described above.