Admissions

Becoming College Ready

All California resident first-time freshmen admitted to San Diego State University who have remediation needs in English or mathematics will be required to enroll in a program to become college ready in the summer prior to fall enrollment. Participation in a college readiness program is mandatory and required system-wide. College readiness programs are offered at SDSU from early July to mid-August; students should make their summer plans accordingly.

San Diego State University's college readiness program, FAST (Freshmen Academic Success Track), is designed to prepare students to excel in their classes at SDSU. Students with remediation needs who will be attending SDSU in the fall are required to complete the FAST program. Students who will be attending another CSU campus are required to complete the CSU Early Start program, and may do so at SDSU.

Freshmen who are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) exam are strongly encouraged to prepare, study, and do well on the test(s). The test results will determine whether enrollment in a summer college readiness program is required.

Program Details and Requirements

The structure of FAST and the Early Start programs vary slightly depending on your location and the campus where you'll enroll this fall. Choose the situation that applies to you to get further details.

Local* Students
Attending SDSU
Nonlocal* Students
Attending SDSU
Students Attending
Another CSU
Did you
  • Submit your Intent to Enroll at SDSU?
  • Graduate from a high school within SDSU's local admission area*?
Learn more about the FAST program for local students.
Did you
  • Submit your Intent to Enroll at SDSU?
  • Graduate from a high school outside SDSU's local admission area*?
Learn more about the online FAST program for nonlocal students.
Did you
  • Submit your Intent to Enroll at another CSU campus?
  • Choose to attend Early Start at SDSU before enrolling at your destination campus?
Register for the program by setting up your Early Start account.

* You are in SDSU's local admission area if you graduated from a high school in San Diego County located south of state route 56 and extending eastward. If you graduated from an Imperial County high school, however, you will attend the FAST program at SDSU's Imperial Valley Campus—for details, please call Dolores Rivera, Imperial Valley Campus Registrar, at (760) 768-5517.

Clearing the Requirement

To clear remediation requirements, freshmen must present proof of one of the following in English and mathematics:

TYPE ENGLISH MATHEMATICS
SAT Reasoning Score of 500 or higher Critical Reading Score of 550 or higher Mathematics
ACT Score of 22 or higher English Score of 23 or higher Mathematics
EPT and ELM EPT score of 147 or higher ELM score of 50 or higher
Early Assessment Program (EAP)

"Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English"

(Score of 1 on the English Language portion)

"Exempt" or "Ready for college-level mathematics course"

(Score of 1 on the Mathematics portion)

EAP Conditional Status Score of 2 on the English Language Arts portion. Must complete the specific senior English class.

Must complete an approved year-long, senior-year mathematics experience, intermediate algebra, or higher-level mathematics with C or higher.

(Score of 2 on the Mathematics portion)

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Score of 3, 4, or 5 on either Language and Composition or Composition and Literature exam. Score of 3, 4, or 5 on Calculus (AB or BC) or Statistics
College Board SAT Subject Test   Score of 550 or higher SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (Level 1 or 2)
College course (C grade or higher) English Composition with C or higher grade Course must be above intermediate algebra level with C or higher grade

Program Exemptions

Freshmen who are exempt from the college readiness programs:

  • Freshmen who are nonresidents of California
  • Freshmen who are international students
  • EAP Conditionally Exempt—English: freshmen may clear the remediation in English requirement with successful completion of approved senior year English course.
  • EAP Conditionally Exempt—Math: freshmen may clear the remediation in mathmatics requirement with successful completion of approved senior year mathematics course.
  • Freshmen who clear both English and mathematics remediation requirements by high school graduation date