Admissions

Summer Programs for Incoming Freshmen

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 who will be attending SDSU in the fall are required to complete the FAST program if their academic qualifications require placement in a Written Communication course with additional academic support. Students who will be attending another CSU campus are required to complete the CSU Early Start program, and may do so at SDSU. College readiness programs are offered at SDSU from early July to mid-August; students should make their summer plans accordingly.

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. However, if you graduated from an Imperial County high school 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.

Program Exemptions

Freshmen who are exempt from FAST are:

  • Freshmen who are nonresidents of California
  • Freshmen who are international students