Frequently Asked Early Start Questions

  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REMEDIAL REQUIREMENT AND THE EARLY START REQUIREMENT?
    These requirements are related but not identical. Students entering the CSU who have not demonstrated college-level proficiency in English or mathematics must enroll in remedial classes in their fall semester, and remediation must be completed within one academic year. This is the remedial requirement. Most remedial students must also participate in skill-building classes offered by the CSU in the summer before the freshman year. This is the Early Start requirement. Some Early Start classes may also be used to fulfill the remedial requirement (see below).

  • DO ALL EARLY START CLASSES SATISFY THE EARLY START REQUIREMENT?
    Yes. Please note, however, that some classes have ELM or EPT prerequisites, some are reserved for students attending the host campus during the academic year, and some are three units rather than one unit, making them more expensive and time-consuming. Choose your classes carefully. (For SJSU Early Start classes, enrollment advice can be found here).

  • DO ALL EARLY START CLASSES FULFILL THE REMEDIAL REQUIREMENT?
    No. Some do and some do not. At most campuses, Early Start classes that allow students to satisfy the remedial requirement are three units rather than one unit, making them more expensive and time-consuming. Classes that may be used to satisfy the remedial requirement are so designated in the CSU Early Start Course Listing and in SJSU’s list of Early Start classes.

  • IS ANYONE AUTOMATICALLY EXEMPT FROM EARLY START?
    Yes, some students with remedial requirements are exempt from Early Start. For a complete list, refer to the "Petition for an Exception to the Early Start Requirement" section on the Early Start page.

  • ARE STUDENTS WHO HAVE A CONDITIONALLY READY STATUS THROUGH THE EAP, SAT, OR ACT EXEMPT FROM EARLY START?
    No. As of January 2015, Conditionally Ready students are no longer exempt from Early Start.

  • WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT I HAVE AN EARLY START REQUIREMENT BUT I BELIEVE THAT I AM EXEMPT?
    Send an email to earlystart@sjsu.edu that includes your name, SJSU student ID, and the reason you believe that you are exempt from Early Start.

  • IS THERE ANY WAY TO HAVE MY EARLY START REQUIREMENT WAIVED?
    You can apply for an exception to the Early Start requirement at here. Exceptions are granted very rarely, and only when it can be demonstrated that participation in the program would cause extreme hardship.

  • WHAT IF MY EARLY START CLASS CONFLICTS WITH MY ORIENTATION SESSION?
    Early Start classes may not be used to miss any part of Frosh Orientation. Do not sign up for an Early Start class that conflicts with Orientation.

  • CAN I SATISFY MY EARLY START REQUIREMENT THROUGH CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CCC) COURSEWORK?
    Your Early Start English requirement MUST be completed through an SJSU course (live or online) before your Frosh Orientation. We will, however accept certain CCC classes as satisfying the Early Start requirement. If you would like to learn more about this option, contact us at earlystart@sjsu.edu before enrolling in a CCC class. Be advised that the Early Start fee waiver does not apply to CCC classes.

  • IF I DO NOT LIVE IN THE SAN JOSE AREA BUT WANT TO ATTEND EARLY START AT SJSU, CAN I OBTAIN UNIVERSITY HOUSING OVER THE SUMMER?
    The SJSU Early Start Program cannot facilitate campus housing over the summer. Please note that the Early Start mathematics requirement can be satisfied through any CSU campus, many of which (including SJSU) offer online courses. The Early Start English requirement can be satisfied through our online course, ESE 1004, for non-local students. There should be no need to travel to San Jose from outside the area to satisfy the Early Start requirement.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at earlystart@sjsu.edu.