Early Start



The California State University’s Early Start Program is required for incoming students who score below 50 on the Entry Level Math (ELM) exam and/or score below 147 on the English Placement Test (EPT).

  • Early Start takes place during the summer before the freshman year.
  • Early Start Math and English courses will be available at every CSU campus and online.
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify for the fall term.

Once ELM/EPT scores have been received, SJSU will send registration information to students who are required to participate.  If you will be attending a CSU campus other than SJSU in the fall, check with that campus for any additional rules or requirements relating to the Early Start Program.

Please note that students who fall into one of the following categories are excused from the Early Start requirement, regardless of their placement test scores:

  • Residents of a state other than California
  • International students
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Summer Bridge students
  • Students admitted after August 1

Students who do not satisfy their Early Start requirement will be placed on Administrative Academic Probation.  These students must pass any remedial course in which they are enrolled in the fall semester.  No registration for winter or spring classes will be allowed until their remedial course grade of Credit has been reported.

Students on Administrative Academic Probation who receive No Credit for a remedial course in the fall will be placed on Administrative Academic Disqualification and will not be able to return to SJSU until they are at a junior standing.


Early Start Exception and Appeals Petition

Students who have a serious and compelling reason for not participating in or completing an approved Early Start program may petition for an exception.

Exceptions will be granted only in instances where unavoidable circumstances or challenges can be demonstrated. Documentation will be required. Summer vacation plans will not be considered grounds for an exception.

Petition to Appeal Disenrollment Due to Non-Participation in Early Start

This form is for students who received a message stating that they did not fulfill their Early Start requirement and must file an appeal to avoid fall term disenrollment.

For more information on the program, please visit SJSU Early Start FAQ page.