About the Early Start Program
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 the Early Start program in the summer prior to fall enrollment. The Early Start program is mandatory and system-wide. Early Start is offered from early July to mid-August; students should make their summer plans accordingly.
Program Details and Requirements
The structure of the Early Start program varies 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.
* 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 Early Start program at SDSU's Imperial Valley Campus—for details, please call Dolores Rivera, Imperial Valley Campus Registrar, at (760) 768-5517.
Freshmen who are exempt from the Early Start program:
- Freshmen who are nonresidents of California
- Freshmen who are international students
- EAP Conditionally Exempt—English freshmen who do not require remediation in English
- EAP Conditionally Exempt—Math freshmen who do not require remediation in mathematics
- Freshmen who clear both English and mathematics remediation requirements by high school graduation date
Clearing the Requirement
To clear remediation requirements, freshmen must present proof of one of the following:
|SAT Reasoning||500 or higher Critical Reading||550 or higher Mathematics|
|ACT||22 or higher English||23 or higher Mathematics|
|EPT and ELM||EPT 147 or higher||ELM 50 or higher|
|Early Assessment Program (EAP)||"Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English"||"Exempt" or "Ready for college-level mathematics course"|
|EAP Mathematics Conditional Status||Conditional status and a C or higher grade in an approved year-long, senior-year mathematics experience, intermediate algebra, or higher-level mathematics|
|Advanced Placement (AP) Exam||3, 4, or 5 score English||3, 4, or 5 score Calculus (AB or BC) or Statistics|
|College Board SAT Subject Test||550 or higher SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (Level 1 or 2)|
|College course (C grade or higher)||Written Communication||Course must be above intermediate algebra level|