Who Must Participate in Early Start


The Early Start Program is designed to provide support to admitted students in English and math before their first semester so that they can be better prepared and successful in college.

All incoming first-time freshmen who do not demonstrate proficiency in written communication and or math/quantitative reasoning will be required to participate in ESP. A student's readiness for college level English and math courses is evaluated using multiple measures (SAT, ACT, CAASPP/EAP, high school GPA and high school coursework). The Admitting campus will notify ESP participants with instructions on how to complete the ESP registration process.

Learn more about multiple measures for placement in GE English and math courses.

Note: The following students are exempt from participating in the Early Start Program:

  • Students who met the multiple measures criteria for placement in GE A2 English and/or GE B4 Math/quantitative reasoning.
  • International students and non-resident students who reside outside of California
  • Students participating in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Summer Bridge Program